Ormiston Endeavour Academy

Name Ormiston Endeavour Academy
Website http://ormistonendeavouracademy.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 08 December 2016
Address Defoe Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 6SG
Phone Number 01473464545
Type Academy
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 437 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.9
Academy Sponsor Ormiston Academies Trust
Local Authority Suffolk
Percentage Free School Meals 22.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.9%
Persisitent Absence 12.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

There has been a significant staff turnover and leadership changes since the last inspection, including the way the academy trust holds leaders to account through governance. Following the previous inspection, the trust established an IEB, but reinstated a local governing body in July 2016. Eleven new teachers joined the school in September 2016, several as newly qualified teachers. The school meets the requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school complies with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish. The school is part of the Ormiston Academies Trust. The school is a smaller than the average-sized secondary school. The majority of pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is well above average. The proportion of pupils who have a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan is below the national figure. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium is above the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 11. One pupil in Year 11 is educated off-site in residential provision at St Aubyn Centre, Colchester and three pupils, one in Year 10 and two in Year 9, are educated at Parkside pupil referral unit.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Since the previous inspection, leadership has been strengthened from top to bottom. Effective leadership at all levels, including the academy trust and its governance, has strengthened all aspects of the school’s provision. Under the determined leadership of the principal, Ormiston Endeavour is a vastly different school from the one that was inspected two years ago. Leaders have steered the work of staff to work as a team in order to establish common expectations and greater consistency. Good teaching and good behaviour are now the norm. Despite better provision, outcomes are not yet securely good. Improved results in 2016 demonstrate that better teaching is improving pupils’ achievement. Standards are rising, but remain too low in some subjects and for pupils who do not engage positively in their own education. Pupils make at least expected progress in their learning, although comparatively low levels of literacy are an impediment for some pupils. Where this is not the case, pupils make good progress; the most able pupils achieve well. Additional support for pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is effective in enabling them to catch up and make expected progress. Assessment is a notable strength. Staff use regular assessment to set high expectations and support pupils to reach their potential. Pupils behave well and have positive attitudes to learning. The school works hard to support individual pupils who struggle to conform to the school’s high expectations of attendance and behaviour. The increasing school roll reflects the school’s improving reputation. However, leaders acknowledge that strengthening parental perceptions of the school, and more effectively engaging their support, remain significant challenges. The academy trust has provided focused and effective support for the school over the last year. The school is in a strong place to sustain and build on recent improvements.