Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy

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Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy

Name Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy
Website http://www.ormistonsirstanleymatthewsacademy.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 11 October 2017
Address Beaconsfield Drive, Blurton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST3 3JD
Phone Number 01782882200
Type Academy
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1087 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.4
Academy Sponsor Ormiston Academies Trust
Local Authority Stoke-on-Trent
Percentage Free School Meals 21.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 8.3%
Persisitent Absence 19.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 11.5%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school complies with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish. Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy is an average-sized secondary school. The school opened a sixth form in September 2014. Pupils enter the school with levels of prior attainment that are broadly in line with the national average. An above-average proportion of pupils are supported by the pupil premium. The proportion of pupils with a statement of special educational needs is average. The proportion of pupils receiving support for special educational needs and/or disabilities is above average. About 90% of pupils are of White British heritage. A very small proportion of pupils speak English as an additional language. The school meets the current government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress by the end of Year 11, in 2016. Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy is sponsored by Ormiston Academies Trust. The principal is a national leader of education (NLE) and currently supports schools within the trust and locally. The school makes use of off-site alternative provision for a small number of pupils. The providers are Sporting Stars, Merit, Unity, and Stoke-on-Trent College.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The principal’s vision of an inclusive, highly aspirational community where pupils ‘will be exceptional learners, experiencing a world class education’ pervades all aspects of the school’s work. It is a vision convincingly shared by governors, staff and pupils. The school develops articulate, self-assured learners who have a real pride in their school and their appearance. They thrive, academically and socially, in a warm and trusting environment. Behaviour within the school is exemplary. Pupils are attentive in lessons and respond quickly to teachers’ requests. At break and lunchtime, pupils behave in a mature and responsible way. Pupils’ attendance has improved rapidly in recent years and is now in line with national averages. Pupils tell us they enjoy coming to school and recognise the importance of being good attenders. In 2017, pupils at the school did better than pupils nationally in gaining a standard pass (at level 4) and a good pass (at level 5) in English and mathematics. Pupils achieve exceptionally well in a range of vocational subjects that include engineering, IT and health and social care. However, pupils do less well in the more academic English Baccalaureate (Ebacc) subjects including science, humanities and modern foreign languages. Although results are improving in these areas, they still lag behind the progress made in English and mathematics. Teachers know their pupils well and deliver engaging lessons, with a strong focus on providing pupils with opportunities to discuss ideas by working with partners or in small groups. The majority of disadvantaged pupils respond well to teaching at the school and make progress in line with their non-disadvantaged peers. The exception to this are disadvantaged pupils who have high prior attainment. These most-able pupils do not do as well as other non-disadvantaged pupils nationally. The sixth form, which opened in 2014, is good. Despite very small numbers, leaders have made exceptional efforts to provide a programme of study that is carefully tailored to the needs of individuals. Students in the sixth form make progress that is in line with students nationally.