Ashcroft Technology Academy

Name Ashcroft Technology Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 04 February 2015
Address 100 West Hill, London, SW15 2UT
Phone Number 02088770357
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1308 (61% boys 39% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.8
Academy Sponsor Prospect Education (Technology) Trust Limited
Local Authority Wandsworth
Percentage Free School Meals 19.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 58.3%
Persisitent Absence 6.6%
Pupils with SEN Support 19.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Ashcroft Technology Academy is a larger than average sized, mixed 11 to 18 academy situated in the London Borough of Wandsworth. The majority of students are White British, African and Pakistani with smaller numbers of Other White, Black, Asian and mixed backgrounds. The proportion of students from minority ethnic groups and those who speak English as an additional language is well above national averages. The academy has an Autistic Resource Centre (ARC) on site with 17 students on roll. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs is above the national average. The proportion of students eligible for the pupil premium (additional funding for students known to be eligible for free school meals, and children who are looked after) is well above average. The proportion of students eligible for the Year 7 catch-up premium is below the national average. There are no students who are educated elsewhere. The academy meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Leadership and management are outstanding. The Principal, competently supported by senior and middle leaders, has a clear and uncompromising vision for the success of the academy and the achievement of students. The Principal receives strong support from ambitious, dedicated and loyal staff who are committed to maintaining the highest levels of achievement. Students’ safety is a high priority for all staff. Students say that they feel very safe in the academy. Staff are as concerned for students’ personal well-being as they are about their academic success. The curriculum is broad, balanced and carefully matched to students’ interests and aspirations. The range of subjects supports students’ academic achievement and prepares them well for life in modern Britain. The academy provides students with a wide range of opportunities to engage in high quality extra-curricular activities, trips and visits. This quality provision is highly effective in broadening their knowledge and raising their aspirations to succeed. There is a strong focus on promoting literacy and encouraging students to read. Numeracy skills are supported well across science and geography. Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted exceptionally well. Students’ development of personal qualities and self-confidence is well supported. Governors have an accurate view of the progress which students make and of the quality of teaching. They are knowledgeable about performance management and increasingly aware of the impact of pupil premium funding. Students’ behaviour in lessons and around the academy is faultless. They work hard and concentrate well in their lessons. Attendance rates are high and punctuality exemplary. Disruptions in lessons are very rare. Teaching is typically outstanding. Teachers have very high expectations. They enjoy positive and productive relationships with their students. All teachers have a secure grasp of their subject and a very good awareness of examination requirements. Students make rapid progress from their various starting points and achieve outstandingly well. Attainment is exceptionally high across a range of subjects including English, mathematics, science and religious education. Disadvantaged students, disabled students and those with special educational needs achieve highly because they are well known to staff and strongly supported in class. Targeted funding is used effectively to provide additional support for these students. The sixth form is outstanding. Sixth form students achieve well and make excellent progress in their chosen subjects. They are ambitious, determined and highly confident young adults. The leadership of the sixth form is a particular strength.