Holley Park Academy

Name Holley Park Academy
Website http://www.holleyparkacademy.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 10 March 2015
Address Ayton Road, Oxclose, Washington, Tyne and Wear, NE38 0LR
Phone Number 01914170303
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 274 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.0
Academy Sponsor Acer Learning Trust
Local Authority Sunderland
Percentage Free School Meals 4.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Persisitent Absence 11%
Pupils with SEN Support 15%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Holley Park Academy converted to become an academy on 1 August 2012. When its predecessor school, Holley Park Primary School, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be good overall. This is an average-sized academy. The proportion of pupils who are disabled or have special educational needs is above average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium is below average. (The pupil premium is additional government funding to support those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals or those looked after by the local authority.) Children attend the Reception class on a full-time basis and the Nursery class on a part-time basis. The Nursery class started in September 2014. The academy meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics at the end of Year 6. The headteacher is a Local Leader in Education and supports leaders in other schools.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The headteacher and senior leaders provide excellent leadership to the academy and have skilfully guided it through its first years. Pupils’ behaviour both in and out of class is of a very high order. They are extremely polite and courteous and proud of their academy. Teaching is good because teachers have high expectations of what pupils can achieve and plan interesting lessons that help them to learn well. Children in the early years quickly settle in. They make good progress because all the staff know them well. All pupils make good progress no matter what their starting points. The standards they reach by the end of Year 6 are above average and rising year-on-year. Governors are very well informed about all aspects of academy life and share the same determination as the staff to make it the best it can be. The curriculum is well planned not only to allow pupils to achieve well in English and mathematics but also to become well-rounded and confident citizens with an accurate understanding of life in modern Britain. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Middle leaders do not have enough opportunities to check the quality of teaching in their subjects. Pupils are not always expected to make the improvements to their work suggested in teachers’ marking and so they do not always learn from their mistakes. It is not always clear to pupils what they need to show in their work to reach their targets. There are not enough opportunities for pupils to investigate and solve mathematical problems.