Macmillan Academy


Name Macmillan Academy
Website http://www.macmillan-academy.org.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 22 May 2013
Address Stockton Road, Middlesbrough, TS5 4AG
Phone Number 01642800800
Type Academy
Age Range 11-19
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1512 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 13.7
Academy Sponsor Endeavour Academies Trust
Percentage Free School Meals 14.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.9%

Information about this school

This is a larger than average-sized secondary academy. The sixth form is also larger than average for a secondary academy. The proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium is above average. The pupil premium provides additional funding for children in local authority care, those whose parents are in the forces and those known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of students identified with special educational needs and supported through school action is average. The proportion of students supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The proportion of students from minority ethnic groups is above average. The academy meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. The academy has a variety of awards, including Learning Outside the Classroom (gold award), Adventure mark, Outdoor Learning Quality Badge, and Eco School (Green Flag).

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Macmillan Academy seeks to provide an education which is motivational, meaningful and memorable, and it is successful in doing so. Its motto, ‘inspiring every student to succeed’ is at the heart of everything the academy does. Most students, including those with special educational needs, make good progress and achieve well. The sixth form is good. A wide variety of courses are on offer, and the advice and guidance given to students are excellent. A strong focus is given to developing wider employment skills. As a result nearly every student leaving the academy has a path to employment or further studies. Teaching is good overall. Teachers use questioning well to develop students’ understanding. They plan interesting and engaging lessons. The curriculum has some exciting features which engage the students well. For example, a ‘Macmillan Baccalaureate’ for students in Key Stage 3 celebrates both academic progress and involvement in enrichment and enterprise activities. The academy uses outdoor learning exceptionally well to develop students’ skills. Relationships between students and staff are very positive. Students behave very well and are respectful and supportive of one another. They are a credit to the academy. Senior leaders and the governing body set themselves high standards. Procedures for checking the quality of teaching and the progress students are making are strong. Plans put into place to improve the academy are focused. As a result the academy is improving. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Current achievement of students in English and mathematics, although much improved, is not yet outstanding. Some of the teaching could be better. The work set by teachers does not always match the abilities of the students. For example, the more-able students are not always stretched enough in lessons. Marking does not always help students see how they can improve their work.