All Saints Church of England Academy

Name All Saints Church of England Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Inadequate
Inspection Date 22 February 2017
Address Pennycross, Plymouth, Devon, PL5 3NE
Phone Number 01752705131
Type Academy
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 818 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.1
Academy Sponsor Exeter Diocesan Education Network (Eden)
Percentage Free School Meals 29.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.7%

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school complies with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish. The sixth form is in a partnership of local schools, known as Partnership for Learning and Education (PLE). The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is significantly above the national average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is above the national average. The school did not meet the government’s current floor standards in 2015, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The headteacher in post at the last inspection in February 2015 left the school in December 2015. The new headteacher took up post in January 2016. The school works in partnership with Alternative Complementary Education (ACE), a provider of alternative education in Plymouth.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an inadequate school Leaders have failed to improve the school sufficiently since the previous inspection. They have been too slow to tackle weaknesses in teaching. Pupils’ outcomes, particularly by the end of key stage 4, are too low. Leaders do not accurately evaluate the school’s work. Plans for improvement are, therefore, not always appropriate or effective. Governors have not been effective in holding leaders to account for the slow pace of improvement since the previous inspection. The quality of teaching is too variable. Leaders’ checks on teaching have not addressed these variances well enough. There is too little effective teaching to improve pupils’ outcomes. Teachers’ expectations of pupils are too low. Pupils are not routinely given work that is sufficiently challenging. The ability of too many pupils to communicate using appropriate language and accurate spelling is weak. Teachers’ assessments of pupils’ work are too inconsistent and sometimes inaccurate. This hinders teachers’ ability to ensure that groups of pupils receive the support and challenge they need. Too often, the most able pupils, disadvantaged pupils and those pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities do not make the progress of which they are capable. Many pupils do not complete and present their work to a high enough standard. Behaviour is inadequate. Attendance, including in the sixth form, is too low and is not improving quickly enough. Too many pupils are regularly absent. Pupils do not show consistently positive attitudes to learning. Inadequate leadership and teaching in the sixth form results in students’ underachievement. Outcomes for students studying level 2 courses, particularly in English and mathematics, require significant improvement. The school has the following strengths Pupils’ welfare and safety is a high priority for staff. Pupils appreciate the support staff give them. They are aware of the risks they may face. An effective partnership with a local alternative education provider is helping to reduce the number of fixed-term exclusions.