Glade Academy


Name Glade Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 07 February 2013
Address Knappers Way, Brandon, Suffolk, IP27 0DA
Phone Number 01842811580
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 281 (52% boys 48% girls)
Academy Sponsor Eastern Multi-Academy Trust
Local Authority Suffolk
Percentage Free School Meals 14.3%

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average primary school. It became a full primary school in September 2012, retaining its Year 6 pupils for the first time this year. It is not yet possible therefore to assess how well it meets the government’s minimum floor standards. There are more pupils than average from minority ethnic families and also more who have a first language other than English. The percentage of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported at ‘school action’ level is average. The proportion of pupils supported at ‘school action plus’ or with a statement of special educational needs is slightly greater than in most schools. More pupils than average are known to be eligible for additional government funding through the ‘pupil premium’. The percentage of pupils who join or leave the school other than at the usual times is above average. One pupil is being educated at Kingsfield Centre pupil referral unit. The school had a monitoring visit from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate in February 2012 when it was judged to have made good progress in addressing the issues from the last inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress during their time in school. Pupils in Year 6 are now working at the expected levels for English and mathematics, improving on their below average standards in Year 2. Teaching and learning are good across the school. Some outstanding teaching leads to rapid learning and high quality work. Pupils who need extra help to develop their English language, reading, numeracy or social skills benefit from good support and make good progress. Pupils thoroughly enjoy their lessons and the wide range of clubs on offer. Pupils behave well and feel safe because : discipline is fair and consistent. Good leadership and management have ensured that teaching and achievement have improved by making better checks in lessons and by providing additional training. Governors work closely with the school’s leaders, supporting and challenging them well. Additional funds are used wisely to help individual pupils. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Although teachers give high quality written advice when marking pupils’ written work, there is less advice to improve and extend pupils’ learning in their mathematics books. Pupils are not always encouraged to respond to their teachers’ marking or correct their mistakes. The checking of teaching by leaders is rigorous but points identified for improvement are not used sufficiently to guide subsequent observations of the same teacher.