Castle View Enterprise Academy

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Castle View Enterprise Academy

Name Castle View Enterprise Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 12 January 2012
Address Cartwright Road, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR5 3DX
Phone Number 01915946330
Type Academy
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 838 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.2
Academy Sponsor Castle View Enterprise Academy
Local Authority Sunderland
Percentage Free School Meals 26.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.2%
Persisitent Absence 22.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

Castle View Enterprise Academy is smaller than the average sized secondary school. There are marginally fewer girls than boys on roll, with the proportion of students known to be eligible for free school meals around twice the national average. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of students with special educational needs, including those with a statement of special educational needs, is close to twice the national average. There are currently four students educated off site; one is at a pupil referral unit, and three at an anxiety-based returners’ unit. The academy meets the current floor standard, whereby the government sets the minimum expectations for attainment and progress. The academy holds a number of national and local awards, among the most significant of which are the intermediate International Schools Award, Healthy School status, the Basic Skills Agency Quality Mark, Investors in People Gold, Quality in Study Support, the Bullying Intervention Group national award, and the Diana Anti-Bullying Award. This is the first full inspection of the academy since it opened in September 2009. Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms

Key Findings

¦ This is a good academy. It is improving rapidly. ¦ The students’ achievement is good, and reflects an improving trend of attainment being made by different groups across the school. Students identified with special educational needs and those with disabilities are making good progress in their learning, including improving the standard of their reading. As a result of these whole-academy improvements, previous gaps in attainment are closing quickly, and the academy is now achieving close to, or in line with the national averages expected for different groups of secondary-aged students. ¦ The overwhelming majority of parents and carers agree that their children are making good progress because the quality of teaching is good. ¦ There has been an improving trend in the quality of teaching since the academy opened, and inspectors confirm that teaching is now good. This good quality is characterised by good subject knowledge; good collection and use of information about students’ previous attainment and progress to target lesson activities for different abilities in the class; and good organisation and management of students to ensure that behaviour is almost always of a good standard. Where teaching is more satisfactory, teachers tend to talk for too long which slows students’ progress. It also limits opportunities for more individual enquiry-focused learning and the development of independent skills. ¦ The students’ behaviour is good, and they say they feel safe in the academy. ¦ Senior leaders and managers, including the governing body, know clearly the strengths of the academy and the areas that need further work to help raise attainment and achieve an even better rate of progress for all students. Academy planning is detailed, and systems for monitoring and evaluating the academy’s work are robust. ¦ The academy has improved each year since opening; it therefore has good capacity to improve further.