|Name||Ossett Academy and Sixth Form College|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||24 September 2013|
|Address||Storrs Hill Road, Ossett, West Yorkshire, WF5 0DG|
|Number of Pupils||1705|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||19.2|
|Academy Sponsor||Accord Multi Academy Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||8.7%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||2.8%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||6.5%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
The academy is much larger than the average-sized secondary school and is heavily oversubscribed. The proportion of students supported through the pupil premium (additional government funding for looked after children, children from service families and pupils known to be eligible for free school meals) is below the national average. Well-below average proportions of students are from minority ethnic groups and speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is above average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well below average. The academy meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. It works in partnership with three other academies as part of The Yorkshire Education Trust. The academy provides support to a school in special measures. It has recently been accepted as a partner school to Newcastle University to prepare students for higher education. A very small proportion of students are educated at Wakefield College one day a week.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Students achieve well throughout Key Stages 3 and 4. Standards have risen sharply over the last two years. They are well above average and continue to rise. Students make good progress overall. In English progress is outstanding. Teaching is good and improving. In the sixth form, students achieve well. The standards they reach have risen to above average. Teaching is good and students show excellent attitudes to learning. There is a very caring, supportive and aspirational ethos in the academy, which students value. They behave well. Leadership and management, including governance, are outstanding and drive improvements in all aspects of the academy’s work. Courses interest students, match their needs and aspirations and promote their good personal development and spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching is not consistently outstanding. Information about students’ achievement is not always used in planning teaching that promotes the rapid progress of all groups of students. Students’ understanding of what they are learning is not consistently checked in lessons and the findings adapted to ensure that students always make at least good progress. Marking regularly includes advice about how to make further progress but students are not given sufficient time to respond to it in lessons.