Harton Academy

Name Harton Academy
Website http://www.harton-tc.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
This inspection rating relates to a predecessor school. When a school, converts to an academy, is taken over or closes and reopens as a new school a formal link is created between the new school and the old school, by the Department for Education. Where the new school has not yet been inspected, we show the inspection history of the predecessor school, as we believe it still has significance.
Inspection Date 09 January 2013
Address Lisle Road, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE34 6DL
Phone Number 01914274050
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1620 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.2
Academy Sponsor The Illuminare Multi Academy Trust
Local Authority South Tyneside
Percentage Free School Meals 22.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 9.7%
Persisitent Absence 16.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 11.9%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Harton Technology College is larger than the average-sized secondary school. It has opened a sixth form since the previous inspection. The proportion of students who need extra help with their education, through school action support, is just above the national average; it is broadly in line for those students requiring support at school action plus. The proportion of disabled students and/or those with a statement of special educational needs is broadly in line with the national average. Students eligible for free school meals, those who have been in care for more than six months and those whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces are eligible for additional funding called the pupil premium. The proportion of these students currently in school is higher than average. The school meets the current government floor standards. Thirty-five Year 11 students attend South Tyneside College for one day each week and two Year 10 students currently receive part of their education at St Mary’s alternative education provision in South Tyneside. Since the previous inspection the school has gained ‘teaching school’ status and, because of the executive headteacher’s experience and expertise as a ‘national leader of education’, he has been co-opted to work in a formal capacity with two other schools, one within the same local authority and a second in a neighbouring authority.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Harton Technology College has maintained its outstanding provision since its previous inspection in 2006. Students make rapid progress in their learning because teaching is of a consistently excellent standard. Students of all abilities receive extremely well focused and targeted support from staff, who know exactly how to support and challenge them to achieve the highest possible standards. The students are developing into well rounded individuals who know very clearly how well they are doing and what else they need to do to improve further. The level of courtesy and respect shown by all in school, but especially the students, is exemplary. As a result, students are extremely positive in their attitudes to school. Senior leaders, including the executive headteacher and governors, know very clearly what else the school needs to do to make continuous improvement. This includes quick and decisive action to address any dips that may occur in its provision. Despite only running for two years, the school’s sixth-form provision has many outstanding features. The school is aware that an even greater emphasis is needed to develop the students’ skills as independent learners, as preparation for when they leave school and go into further education, employment or training.