North Kesteven Academy

Name North Kesteven Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 12 March 2015
Address Moor Lane, North Hykeham, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN6 9AG
Phone Number 01522881010
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1042 (38% boys 62% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.2
Academy Sponsor North Kesteven Academy
Local Authority Lincolnshire
Percentage Free School Meals 10.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.3%
Persisitent Absence 20.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 10.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

North Kesteven School became an academy school on 1 July 2011. When its predecessor school, of the same name, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be good. North Kesteven School is an above average-sized secondary school. Most students are White British. The proportion of students from minority ethnic backgrounds is below average, as is the proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language. The proportion of students eligible for pupil premium funding, which provides additional funding for those students known to be eligible for free school meals, is below the national average. The proportion of students who are disabled or have special educational needs is above the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. The school works in partnership for its sixth form provision, with Sir Robert Pattinson Academy, as part of the North Hykeham Joint Sixth Form. There are currently 30 students attending work-related courses away from the school for part of the week at the Showroom, Pilgrim and Riseholme centres. Changes in staffing at senior leadership level led to a great deal of staff disruption during the past academic year. There have been many recent changes to staffing, including new heads of English and mathematics appointed since September 2014.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Standards have been consistently above average in Key Stage 4 over the past three years. The headteacher provides strong and determined leadership that focuses on improving teaching and drives the school forward. Governors are knowledgeable about and supportive of the school and so contribute to improvements in teaching and pupils’ achievement. Students’ behaviour is good. They enjoy being at school and have a very positive attitude to their learning. Teaching is good because teachers set lively and exciting tasks that enable students to build their learning step by step. Good provision and guidance for students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development are central to the school’s work. The school’s work to keep students safe is good. Students, parents and staff say that this is a safe school. Students’ attendance is above average. It is not yet an outstanding school because : While there is some high-quality marking in students’ books, providing clear guidance as to what they need to do to improve, this good practice is not consistent across all classes. Standards in the sixth form do not match those in the rest of the school. Science results are not as good as those in English and mathematics.