Maplefields Academy

Name Maplefields Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 31 January 2013
Address Tower Hill Road, Corby, Northamptonshire, NN18 0TH
Phone Number 01536424090
Type Academy (special)
Age Range 3-19
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 110 (89% boys 11% girls)
Local Authority Northamptonshire
Percentage Free School Meals 54.1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.9%
Catchment Area Information Available No, we only have catchment area data for schools in England

Information about this school

The school moved into its new, purpose built accommodation in April 2012. The school converted to become an academy in September 2012 following the closure of its predecessor school and has retained the same name. When a local authority school, Maplefields School was previously inspected in December 2009 and judged to be outstanding. The school provides a Behaviour Outreach Service in the local authority area and supports a number of similar schools across the country with their behaviour outreach and school improvement work. The school also provides support for the parents and carers of its pupils. Since moving into its new accommodation the numbers on roll have been increasing gradually. The school caters for pupils aged 5 to students aged 19 years. Sixth form students attend part-time at Maplefields and at Tresham College, following a range of vocational courses. All pupils and students have a statement of special educational need, primarily for behaviour, emotional and social difficulties. Pupils and students may also have a range of other complex needs which may include Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Tourette’s Syndrome, Mental Health Difficulties, Language and Learning difficulties, Asperger’s Syndrome, or Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Most pupils are of White British heritage. A very few come from other ethnic heritage backgrounds. All speak English as their first language. The majority of pupils and students are boys. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives the pupil premium (additional government funding for particular groups, including those known to be eligible for free school meals) is well above the national average. Mobility at the school is very high; few pupils continue their entire education at the school.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. All groups of pupils and students make outstanding progress, including those known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after by the local authority. The sixth form is outstanding. Students make rapid progress, both personally and academically, and are prepared especially well for their future lives. Pupils are taught exceptionally well. There is a sense of common purpose which runs through the teaching, to which pupils respond readily. Senior leaders, governors, and other adults at the academy work extremely well together to maintain the school’s high standards of teaching and to enable the pupils to achieve their very best. Teachers and their assistants are highly skilled at helping pupils to control their behaviour. Consequently, learning and lessons are rarely disrupted. Pupils work hard to live up to the high expectations set for them, and to ensure that their behaviour is outstanding. The school provides many opportunities for pupils to develop self-awareness, social skills and independence. Pupils feel safe, secure and cared for very well while at school. The school has rightly identified the need to ensure that its drive to broaden pupils’ and students’ literacy and communication skills is maintained across all year groups.