Alfreton Grange Arts College Closed

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Alfreton Grange Arts College Closed

Name Alfreton Grange Arts College Closed
Ofsted Inspection Rating Inadequate
Inspection Date 29 September 2015
Address Grange Street, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 7JA
Phone Number 01773832331
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 403

Information about this school

This is a smaller than average-sized secondary school. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported through the pupil premium is much higher than average. The pupil premium is additional funding to support pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is higher than the national average. In 2015, the college met the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress by the end of Year 11. The college chose to restrict the sixth form intake last year to a one-year course with a view to not enrolling any pupils into the sixth form this year. As a result, there are no pupils enrolled in the college on 16 to 19 study programmes this academic year. A small number of pupils are enrolled in alternative provision provided by Derby College, Acorn, Pilsey Community Farm and Groundworks. The Department for Education appointed an interim executive board governing body for the college in February 2015. The board appointed a head of school in May 2015. An executive headteacher was appointed at the same time to support the senior leaders on a part-time basis. The Torch Gateway Academy Trust was commissioned to support school improvement in the college from spring 2015. The college is due to become a sponsored academy in April 2016.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an inadequate school Pupils are underachieving in a range of subjects and year groups. Given that pupils’ starting points are average, the standards they reach by the end of Year 11 are below average. The gaps between different groups within the college are not closing fast enough. Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs and boys are not making the progress they should in some subjects. Teaching, learning and assessment are inadequate. Teachers are not using the information they have on pupils to address accurately the weaker learning in their classrooms. They move on to the next bit of learning without making sure that pupils have fully understood what they have just done. Although improving, teaching is too inconsistent. Pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare require improvement. Pupils do not apply themselves fully when asked to work on their own. Many do not know how to use the freedom given to them to progress their own learning. The effectiveness of leadership and management requires improvement. The interim executive board, created in February 2015, has made several important appointments. Changes made by leaders have had too little time to have a full impact on the quality of teaching, personal development, behaviour and welfare, as well as on the outcomes for pupils, all of which are improving. There are no pupils on 16 to 19 study programmes this year. All of those who studied in the sixth form last year moved on to further education, employment or training. The school has the following strengths Leaders in the college have accurately identified the areas for improvement and taken steps to address them. Outcomes across a range of subjects are rising. Initiatives started are beginning to improve the quality of teaching, attendance and behaviour across the college. The interim executive board (IEB) and head of school have planned for the long-term future of the college and have ensured that staff have access to good and useful professional development.

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