Queen’s Park Academy


Name Queen’s Park Academy
Website http://www.queenspark-academy.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 17 June 2014
Address East Way, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH8 9PU
Phone Number 01202526079
Type Academy
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 509 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 20.7
Academy Sponsor Ambitions Academies Trust
Local Authority Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council
Percentage Free School Meals 10.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 15.7%

Information about this school

Queen’s Park Academy converted to become an academy on 1 October 2012. When its predecessor school, Queen’s Park Junior School, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be good. The majority of pupils are White British. The academy is larger than the average-sized school for pupils between the ages of seven and 11. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is average, but increasing. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium, which is additional funding provided by the government for looked after children or pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, is above the national average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported through school action, and the proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs, are both below average. The academy meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. There are four classes in each of Years 3, 4 and 6. There are three classes in Year 5. Since the academy opened in October 2012, there has been an executive principal in place. In addition, the current principal took up her post in September 2013. There are a breakfast club and a programme of after-school activities operating within the academy. Both are run independently of the academy and did not form part of the inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Achievement is outstanding. All pupils, including those in receipt of additional funding, the most able pupils and those who are disabled or have special educational needs, make outstanding progress. Pupils leave the academy at the age of 11 with levels of attainment which are well above average. Teaching is outstanding. Pupils respond very well to teachers’ high expectations. Teachers use assessment particularly well to show pupils how well they are doing in their work and how they can improve it further. Pupils behave outstandingly well. They love coming to the academy, and attendance is above average. Pupils are very keen to learn and play a full part in lessons. Pupils feel very safe and well cared for. They love taking on responsibility and are excellent ambassadors for the academy. The academy plans its timetable so that pupils learn an interesting range of topics as well as core skills like reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils also love the range of activities which the academy provides outside the classroom. A high proportion of pupils take part in these activities. Leadership and management are outstanding. The leadership team has improved the academy considerably since it was set up almost two years ago. The academy leaders work relentlessly to maintain high standards and raise them further. All staff are enthusiastic about the part they play in driving the academy forward. All staff understand how well their pupils are doing. They use information about pupils’ progress to plan carefully to help all pupils work towards their full potential. The academy’s leaders at all levels check the quality of teaching and learning rigorously. They provide excellent opportunities for staff to develop their skills further. Governors, like staff, are committed to ensuring the best possible education for all pupils. They fully understand the strengths in the academy and their role in holding it to account. The academy has a deservedly strong reputation for its support for other schools and demonstrating how best to achieve success in teaching and learning. Parents greatly appreciate what is done to help their children enjoy their time in the academy and their preparation for the next stage of their education is excellent.