Albany Academy

Name Albany Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 25 March 2014
Address Bolton Road, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 3AY
Phone Number 01257244020
Type Academy
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 648 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.0
Academy Sponsor Albany Learning Trust
Percentage Free School Meals 14.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.1%

Information about this school

Albany Academy is smaller than the average-sized secondary school. The school converted to an academy in August 2012. The academy was last inspected as the predecessor school, Albany Science College, in February 2009, when its overall effectiveness was judged to be good. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs supported through school action, school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above the national average. The proportion of students eligible for the pupil premium is just above the national average. The pupil premium is additional funding for those students who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children of service families and those children who are looked after by the local authority. The proportions of students from minority ethnic backgrounds and those who speak English as an additional language are both significantly below the national averages. The academy meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. The academy makes limited use of alternative provision at Shaftesbury High School. The headteacher commenced his post in September 2011. The academy is now approved as an Academy Sponsor and will seek to extend its support to primary and secondary schools in order to establish a local multi-academy trust.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Leadership is outstanding. The headteacher and governors are ambitious and determined to ensure that every child achieves their best. Along with other leaders, they have made rapid changes in recent years that have improved standards in the academy, especially of behaviour, in the quality of teaching and in the outcomes for many students, particularly those students supported by the pupil premium and known to be eligible for free school meals. Students in the academy are delightful. Their behaviour, both in and out of the classroom, is outstanding. They are universally polite, respectful, look smart and are an absolute credit to the academy and the community. Students are well cared for and supported. As a result, they feel safe, bullying is very rare, and the academy is a community where all are valued and respected. Students are very happy in the academy. Attainment has risen in the past three years and is above the national average. The progress that students make in mathematics is well above the national average; the progress that students make in English is not as strong, but nonetheless good. The quality of teaching is good and sometimes outstanding. This is having a positive impact on the progress that many students make. The curriculum offers a good variety of courses, with extensive opportunities for students to develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding, such as in the Life Studies programme. Disabled students and those who have special educational needs supported through school action, school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs are well supported and achieve well. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not enough teaching is outstanding, particularly in Key Stage 3, where work is not always hard enough for all students. The outstanding progress made in mathematics is not yet evident in English. Feedback to students does not always ensure that they are fully aware of how to improve their work.