Ormiston Six Villages Academy

Name Ormiston Six Villages Academy
Website http://www.ormistonsixvillagesacademy.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 13 September 2017
Address Lime Avenue, Westergate, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 3UE
Phone Number 01243546800
Type Academy
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 479 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.2
Academy Sponsor Ormiston Academies Trust
Local Authority West Sussex
Percentage Free School Meals 12.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.2%
Persisitent Absence 19.9%
Pupils with SEN Support 28.2%
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. This is a below-average-sized secondary school. The organisation sponsoring the school is the Ormiston Academies Trust. The school currently uses one alternative provider, Chichester College, to provide alternative education for a small number of pupils in key stage 4. The vast majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils eligible for support from the pupil premium (additional government funding) is broadly average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is well above average. The governing body was replaced with a small interim executive board in October 2015. Membership has now been expanded and the new body has been redesignated as a local governing board. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school This is a rapidly improving school. The principal and her senior team have taken swift and decisive action since the last inspection. Outcomes for pupils across the school are now good and improving. Leaders are ambitious for the school and its pupils. They have created a positive and warm environment for learning. Higher expectations have helped pupils to make faster progress. Leaders check pupils’ progress regularly, making sure that pupils swiftly receive the help they need if they are falling behind. Teachers know their pupils well. They increasingly use questioning skilfully in lessons to develop pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding further. Pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities are supported very well. As a result, they are now making good progress from their starting points. Disadvantaged pupils are making better progress than in the past because leaders are paying closer attention to their individual needs. Leaders use the pupil premium grant effectively to support their learning. Pupils behave well both in lessons and around the building. They wear their uniforms with pride and treat each other with respect. The number of fixed-term exclusions has dropped considerably. Attendance has improved steadily for all groups of pupils. Effective strategies are in place to help pupils who are frequently absent, and consequently they are now coming to school more regularly. Leaders have reviewed the curriculum to make it appropriate to pupils’ needs. More are now reaching their true potential. Pupils’ wider skills are very well developed through an exciting range of extra-curricular activities, such as robot building and prop making. Members of the interim executive board have an excellent understanding of the school. They have worked tirelessly to monitor the school’s effectiveness, hold leaders to account and ensure the long-term future of the school. High-quality support from the academy trust has been instrumental in driving forward the school’s rapid improvement. Leaders know that some pupils, particularly the most able, do not make fast enough progress because teaching does not match their needs and make them think hard regularly enough.