St Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy

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St Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy


Name St Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 07 March 2013
Address Thornhill Terrace, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR2 7JN
Phone Number 01915658904
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Girls
Number of Pupils 1308 (100% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 14.1
Academy Sponsor Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust
Local Authority Sunderland
Percentage Free School Meals 14.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 16.2%
Persisitent Absence 13.8%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

St Anthony’s Catholic Girls’ Academy is larger than the average-sized secondary school. The proportion of students known to be eligible for pupil premium is lower than average. (This is funding available for students known to be eligible for free school meals, students in local authority care and those whose parents are in the armed forces). The pupil premium group in the academy is the group known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of students who are supported at school action is above average. The proportion of students supported by school action plus or with a statement of special needs is below average. About 90% of the students are White British, the proportion of those from minority ethnic groups and who are believed to speak English as an additional language is rising. The academy meets the government’s current floor standard, which sets the minimum expectations for attainment and progress in English and mathematics. A very few students are currently educated off-site at the YMCA and at Sunderland’s Returners Unit which supports the reintegration and education of young people whose circumstances make them more vulnerable. The academy enters very few students early for GCSEs. The school has gained many awards, including the Leading Edge Partnership award for its successful promotion of a positive learning environment. The academy converted from St Anthony’s Catholic Girls’ School in April 2012. The trustees of the Academy are the Sisters of Mercy. The trustees’ representative is the Chair of the Governing Body.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. St Anthony’s provides an outstanding education for its students. This includes their personal development as well as their academic achievement. Students, staff and parents hold the academy in great esteem. Comments such as, ‘A well-rounded, supportive learning environment.’ from a student and, ‘A real community with a lovely atmosphere.’ from a member of staff, illustrate this well. All groups of students make outstanding progress and leave at the end of Year 11 with standards that are consistently well above those found nationally. Equality of opportunity is excellent. The effectiveness of the sixth form is outstanding. All students go on to higher education, training or employment. Students’ behaviour is outstanding. They are very thoughtful and considerate of others. The mature way in which they work and cooperate in lessons is a major factor in their success. Teaching is outstanding. Teachers are very enthusiastic and use skilful questioning to challenge students and make them think. However, occasionally, progress is not always maximised as teachers talk too much and do not always give students clear ways of being able to tell how well they are learning. The academy’s specialist subjects of technology and languages help to prepare students well for the future. Students’ information and communication technology skills are particularly impressive and there are close links with local multi-national industries. The headteacher and her leadership team are highly successful. They set themselves very high standards and respond extremely quickly to any apparent relative weakness, ensuring that the achievement of students and the quality of teaching are optimised. The academy’s promotion of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is particularly impressive. Students are proud of many of the opportunities on offer to them, such as singing with the choir at the Vatican.