Nailsea School

Name Nailsea School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 18 June 2015
Address Mizzymead Road, Nailsea, Bristol, Somerset, BS48 2HN
Phone Number 01275852251
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 926 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.2
Academy Sponsor Nailsea School
Local Authority North Somerset
Percentage Free School Meals 8.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.7%
Persisitent Absence 13.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 16.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Nailsea School is larger than the average-sized secondary school. Nailsea School converted to become an academy school on 1 September 2012. When its predecessor school, also called Nailsea School, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be good overall. Over 90% of the students are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of students from minority ethnic backgrounds is below the national average. The proportion of disadvantaged students supported through the pupil premium (additional funding provided by the government for students known to be eligible for free school meals and children looked after by the local authority) is about 13%, which is well below the national average. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs is broadly in line with the national average. There are currently a small number of students who attend Weston College and Bridgewater College to complete work-related courses in motor vehicles, maintenance operations, health and social care and equine studies. In 2014, the academy met the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress by the end of Key Stage 4.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Governors and leaders at all levels are very ambitious for the success of the school. They work tirelessly and continue to improve the quality of education students receive. Under the strong leadership of the headteacher, the school has improved significantly in recent years so teaching and achievement are good. Teaching is good and improving. Teachers create a positive climate for learning where students feel valued and supported. Lessons are carefully planned and made interesting, so that students learn well. Students make good progress across a range of subjects including English and mathematics. Effective systems have improved the behaviour and safety of students and these are good. As a result, students attend regularly and attitudes to learning are good and improving. The school promotes equal opportunities very well. As a result, disabled students, those who have special educational needs and disadvantaged students now make good progress. The curriculum is well designed to match the needs of students. A wide range of opportunities enables students to acquire the skills, values and aspirations to succeed in the next stage of their education. The sixth form provision is good. Students follow suitable courses, make good progress and are being well prepared for their future choices. It is not yet an outstanding school because: Non-specialist teachers do not always have the skills and detailed subject knowledge to ensure that students make rapid progress. Teachers do not always provide enough challenge to enable all students to make the quickest progress and achieve the highest grades. Marking feedback is not always effective in moving students forward.