St Ives School

Name St Ives School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 18 January 2017
Address Higher Tregenna, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 2BB
Phone Number 01736795608
Type Academy
Age Range 11-16
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 534 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.8
Academy Sponsor Truro &Amp; Penwith Academy Trust
Local Authority Cornwall
Percentage Free School Meals 11.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.9%
Persisitent Absence 11.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 14.2%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school has been sponsored by Truro and Penwith Multi-Academy Trust since April 2014. The trust also sponsors 12 primary schools in Cornwall. Nine out of ten pupils are of White British heritage. There are few from minority ethnic backgrounds and very few speak English as an additional language. The proportion who are supported by pupil premium funding is in line with the national average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is above average. A small number of pupils attend Penwith Alternative Provision Academy. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ progress by the end of Year 11. 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.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The school is improving rapidly as a result of the headteacher’s skilful and determined leadership. Supported by her senior staff, she has ensured that teachers and pupils know exactly what is expected of them. Governors and the directors of the trust are working hard to make sure that the school meets the needs of its community. They check the work of school leaders rigorously and have a clear understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses. As a result, the headteacher is well supported when taking difficult decisions. School leaders have created a very positive culture where staff morale is high. Teachers feel supported, are highly motivated and work together very well to ensure that their teaching is of a high quality. Pupils now make better progress overall than pupils nationally. Pupils of all abilities make good progress; no group is left behind. Disadvantaged pupils make similar progress to other pupils nationally. Pupils make particularly good progress in English as a result of the consistently high-quality teaching they receive throughout their time in the school. Pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities are catered for very well. They receive very strong support from the team based in ‘The Harbour’. As a result, they make good progress across a wide range of subjects. Pupils behave well towards each other. They are considerate and tolerant. Out of lessons, pupils act sensibly and socialise well. Pupils come to school with positive attitudes and engage well in their learning. They generally enjoy their lessons and disruption is rare. Teachers make accurate assessments of what pupils can do and, as a result, teaching is typically well matched to pupils’ needs. Pupils’ books show that they make good progress. Although the majority of pupils are positive about their learning, some lack self-confidence and resilience when faced with a difficult problem and they give up too easily. Attendance is improving and is close to the national average. The school has worked hard to reduce the numbers of pupils who are persistently absent. However, the figures remain stubbornly high.