Olive Ap Academy - Thurrock


Name Olive Ap Academy - Thurrock
Website http://apthurrock.oliveacademies.org.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 04 December 2018
Address Leicester Road, Tilbury, RM18 7AX
Phone Number Unknown
Type Academy
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 39 (82% boys 18% girls)
Local Authority Thurrock
Percentage Free School Meals 43.6%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Since April 2015, the school has been sponsored by the Olive Academies Trust. The predecessor school was a maintained provision under the authority of the local authority. The school moved to a new site in Tilbury in June 2017. It provides education for a cohort of secondary-aged pupils aged 11 to 16 years. The school no longer provides education for primary-aged pupils. The school provides short-term education and support to pupils who are vulnerable to exclusion or who have been permanently excluded from their mainstream schools. Pupils typically enter the school with achievement significantly below the national average or after an extended period without formal education. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils who are eligible for additional funding is well above the national average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is above average. The school currently uses three alternative providers. These are Circles (farm), Circles (trade) and Time Services. The school does not receive any Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up funding. No pupils access home tuition.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school School leaders and the multi-academy trust (MAT) have worked exceptionally hard and effectively to deal with the weaknesses identified in the previous inspection. The interim progress board (IPB) has a strong and accurate understanding of how well pupils are doing. Continual improvements to the quality of leadership and consequently to pupils’ achievement have been secured. The curriculum is well balanced. It combines a good mix of academic subjects with activities and experiences which help pupils to develop their social and life skills. The quality of teaching and assessment across the school is now good. Teachers capture pupils’ interest well with exciting and relevant activities. Teachers pay careful attention to pupils’ individual needs. They plan learning to ensure that it is carefully personalised. Once pupils are settled, their progress accelerates strongly. Most of them start to do well in English, mathematics and their other subjects. The achievement of disadvantaged pupils is good because additional funding is spent effectively to help them make good progress. The achievement of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) is good. Strong leadership and good support from staff ensure that these pupils make good progress. Senior leaders and staff work hard to raise the aspirations of pupils who may not have had positive previous experiences of school. Pupils’ welfare and their personal development are given a high priority. Pupils behave well in lessons, enjoy class discussions and take pride in their work. Pupils who completed Year 11 in the summer of 2018 all moved on to appropriate further education courses. Attendance is improving because learning is more interesting and teaching has improved. A small minority of pupils do not attend school as regularly as they should. The level of challenge for pupils of different abilities is not always as high as it could be. Middle leaders make an important contribution to the school’s improvement, but the roles of newer staff are underdeveloped.