Tuxford Academy

Name Tuxford Academy
Website http://www.tuxford-ac.org.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 09 May 2012
Phone Number 01777870001
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1554 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.6
Academy Sponsor Diverse Academies Trust
Local Authority Nottinghamshire
Percentage Free School Meals 7.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.3%
Persisitent Absence 8.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 10%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

Tuxford School converted to become an academy in September 2011. In most respects, the change in status from maintained school to academy has not altered Tuxford’s character: it has continued to grow, and is much larger than the average secondary school; it has national support school status; and a specialism in technology. In April 2012, it was designated as a Teaching School. The academy is part of the Diverse Academies Learning Partnership with two other secondary academies, under the leadership of the Executive Principal. The vast majority of students are of White British heritage. The proportion known to be eligible for free school meals is well below average, and the proportion of students supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational need is broadly average. Attainment meets the current floor standards, which are the minimum standards expected by the government.

Key findings

Tuxford Academy is outstanding. The sixth form is good. Students thrive academically and develop the essential personal qualities and attitudes that prepare them very well for adult life. The academy’s very high expectations and exceptional support and guidance ensure that students, including those facing barriers to engagement and achievement, are given every opportunity to succeed. The overwhelmingly positive responses from students, staff, parents and carers affirm the academy’s outstanding effectiveness. Achievement is outstanding. The academy achieves results at Key Stage 4 that are much higher than average. Standards and achievement in the core subjects of English, mathematics and science are particularly high. All groups of students, including disabled students and those with special educational needs, achieve well. Teaching is good. Much is outstanding, but inspection observations could not substantiate the academy’s assertion that it is of a consistently high quality. The teaching in a small but significant proportion of lessons seen during the inspection was no better than satisfactory because of shortcomings in aspects of planning or the use of assessment. Behaviour and safety are outstanding. Students are courteous and considerate. They conduct themselves with commendable maturity in lessons and around the academy. Their positive attitudes are a key factor in their progress and achievement. Leadership and management are outstanding. The academy has sustained its high achievement with efficient monitoring, effective performance management of teaching and rigorous self-evaluation. The continuous cycle of review and improvement planning enhances the excellent curriculum and raises standards unremittingly.