East London Arts & Music

Name East London Arts & Music
Website http://elam.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 17 May 2017
Address 45 Maltings Close, Bromley By Bow, London, E3 3TA
Phone Number 02075152159
Type Academy
Age Range 16-19
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 298 (62% boys 38% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.2
Academy Sponsor Day One Trust
Local Authority Tower Hamlets
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Pupils with SEN Support 16.1%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the provider

East London Arts & Music (ELAM) is a 16 to 19 academy based in Tower Hamlets. The academy opened in September 2014 and offers study programmes for students aged 16 to 19 in subjects which prepare them primarily for further study or employment in the music industry. Students attend ELAM from many of the London boroughs. A quarter of students are from disadvantaged backgrounds, and many receive support from academy staff for personal and/or social issues. All students study level 3 vocational courses in music, along with level 3 English and mathematics. In addition, the academy is currently working with industry partners to develop a digital media course. This new course will follow the existing model of a level 3 vocational course along with level 3 English and mathematics. ELAM has around 119 students and at the time of the inspection, the academy had recently moved into its new premises, which will allow it to recruit to the new digital media course, increasing its capacity to around 300 students.

Summary of key findings

This is an outstanding provider Students thrive in lessons that are challenging, vibrant and exciting. Managers and teachers place central importance on the craft of teaching and work together to develop and improve their practice continuously. Governors and senior leaders work together exceptionally well. They share a detailed strategic vision, high ambitions and a passionate commitment to preparing students for further careers or study in the music industry. Students receive a highly personalised programme of academic support, including individual intensive coaching with a teacher, to enable them to achieve their aspirations. Leaders and managers have implemented an exceptionally rigorous and extensive system for the development and monitoring of the quality of teaching and learning. Staff identify well the reasons why some students face difficulty in attending lessons. Staff provide extensive pastoral support and, as a result, students attend well, and a high proportion complete their studies. Staff are passionate about ensuring that their students’ career aspirations are fully realised and focus keenly on the development of students’ English and mathematics skills. Students enjoy these lessons and recognise how English and mathematics improve their ability to work successfully in the music industry. Students benefit from access to a unique and extensive range of very high-profile music industry professionals. Students develop excellent skills through exceptional work experience and highly effective and motivational mentoring arrangements. Students on the music programme become excellent musicians. This prepares them well for careers as recording artists and employment in the music industry. Students are thoroughly prepared for life in modern Britain. Staff provide exceptional opportunities for students to learn about current affairs and political issues, and to develop a sense of their role in contributing to society.