One Sixth Form College

Name One Sixth Form College
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 12 May 2015
Address Scrivener Drive, Pinewood, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP8 3SU
Phone Number 01473556603
Type Academy
Age Range 16-19
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1955 (46% boys 54% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.5
Academy Sponsor Suffolk Academies Trust
Local Authority Suffolk
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Suffolk One is registered as a school, but is referred to as a college. It is much larger than the average-sized secondary school. Around half of students are enrolled on GCE A and AS subjects, with most others on vocational provision including a wide range of level 3 National Diplomas and some level 2 and level 4 provision. Up to 80 places are funded in Year 12 and also in Year 13 for the college’s foundation learning provision, which is at entry and level 1 for students with disabilities or special educational needs. The very large majority of the student population is White British, and the proportion of students who speak English as an additional language is small. There are more girls than boys on roll. The proportion of students who are disabled and those who have special educational needs is below average. As a post-16 institution, the college receives no additional pupil premium funding for disadvantaged students. However, the proportion of disadvantaged students (those known to be entitled to free school meals or were previously classified as eligible for the pupil premium) is lower than typically found in secondary schools nationally. The students’ prior attainment when they start college at the age of 16 is typically below the national figure for post-16 institutions. The proportion of students with the highest GCSE grades is well below average. The government does not set floor standards for the attainment and progress of post-16 institutions. Plans are in place for the college to convert to academy status, as early as September 2015, as part of the Suffolk Academies Trust.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Suffolk One is an outstanding school because, regardless of their starting points at the age of 16, students make exceptional progress during their time at the college and achieve outstanding results. Teachers use their specialist expertise to meet skilfully the specific needs and aspirations of learners at the college, including disabled students and those who have special educational needs. Students’ excellent behaviour and positive attitudes to learning also underpin their impressive progress. The college has created an excellent environment for learners, including those who might be daunted by its size. Students feel completely safe and fully supported. Since the last inspection, outcomes at the college have gone from strength to strength because senior and middle leaders have been relentless in driving improvements in teaching and achievement. Leadership and management are good rather than outstanding because senior leaders, including governors, are too narrowly focused on students’ achievement. There are shortcomings in the way that senior leaders monitor the college’s work and implement necessary developments and changes.