King Edward VI Academy

Name King Edward VI Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 14 May 2014
Address West End, Spilsby, Lincolnshire, PE23 5EW
Phone Number 01790753260
Type Academy
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 544 (54% boys 46% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.6
Academy Sponsor The David Ross Education Trust
Local Authority Lincolnshire
Percentage Free School Meals 18.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.1%
Persisitent Absence 19.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 25.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The academy is much smaller than most secondary schools. It opened in September 2012 and is sponsored by the David Ross Education Trust. There is a growing sixth form based on the same site. The majority of students have come from King Edward VI academy but are officially registered as students from one of the other academies within the trust. The sixth form was, therefore, not included in this inspection. The proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which is additional government funding provided for students who are looked after by the local authority and those known to be eligible for free school meals, is well above average. The majority of students are White British. The proportion of students who speak English as an additional language, mostly from White European backgrounds, is well below average. The percentage of disabled students and those who have special educational needs, mostly specific and moderate learning difficulties, and the percentages supported by school action, school action plus or by a statement of special educational needs, are all above average. A total of 12 students in Years 10 and 11 attend part-time courses and work placements in different locations. Skegness College offers students a hair and beauty course and Willow Farm provides animal care courses. Year 11 students have followed building and game keeping courses. Four Year 10 students have placements organised in nursery and primary schools. The academy meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Students make good progress. The proportion attaining five GCSEs at grades A* to C, including English and mathematics, places the academy in the top 40% of all schools in the country. Students from different groups, including disabled students and those who have special educational needs and those supported by additional funding, make good progress. Their needs are quickly understood and high quality support is provided for them. Teaching is good in most subjects. Teachers know students well and usually plan activities which interest and challenge them, encouraging them to do their best. The academy provides excellent opportunities to promote students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Links through the academy trust broaden students’ experiences of the arts, sport and culture, developing them as reflective, thoughtful individuals. Students’ behaviour is good because clear rules and expectations are set and followed by the vast majority of students. Their awareness of how to keep themselves safe is good. The Principal’s good leadership is focusing all staff on raising achievement throughout the academy. This is raising students’ aspirations and ambitions. Senior leaders have led improvements well and hold all staff to account for their performance and that of the students in their care. The governing body and academy sponsor provide good support and challenge for senior leaders. They maintain a close check on the work of the academy. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers do not show consistently high expectations for what students, particularly the most able, can achieve. Although there are signs of improvements, students do not yet achieve as well in all subjects as they do in English and mathematics.