|Name||Unity Academy Blackpool|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||03 October 2017|
|Address||Warbreck Hill Road, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY2 0TS|
|Religious Character||Does Not Apply|
|Number of Pupils||907 (50% boys 50% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||16.1|
|Academy Sponsor||Fylde Coast Academy Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||44.2%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||6.7%|
Information about this school
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. The principal of the school, formerly the vice-principal, was appointed in April 2017. The former principal is now the executive headteacher of this school and two other schools in the trust. The school makes use of The Blackpool Alternative School for its alternative provision arrangements. The trust brokers a range of support within its schools, including, in this school, support in science. The government’s current floor standards were met in 2016 at both key stages 2 and 4. The school is not deemed to be coasting.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school Good, strong leadership has improved the school well since its previous inspection in June 2015. As a result, all key areas of the school’s work are now good. The transformation that some parents have seen in their children has gone hand in hand with the successful way in which leaders have brought improvements in teaching and pupils’ personal development. As at the time of the previous inspection, children in the early years got off to a good start. Leaders have sustained the good work that goes on with the youngest children. Children and pupils benefit from good teaching. Standards are rising across the school, including by the end of the early years, Year 6 and Year 11. Expectations that teachers have of their pupils are now much higher, although the most able pupils could still be given more challenge to achieve their very best. Pupils behave well across the school, particularly outside of lessons. They know how to keep safe. They show respect and believe in their school motto, ‘In Unity we succeed’. Governors (known as the Academy Council) and the Fylde Coast Academies Trust (the trust) know the school well. They both offer good help, support and challenge. They can be proud of their part in the school’s success. There is no complacency. Leaders know, for example, that pupils, including those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, could read more widely, have even more opportunities to write at length and have higher standards of handwriting. Leaders want to celebrate the ever-increasing success of the school through developing stronger links with parents, particularly when their children start life at the school. The success leaders have brought about demonstrates strong capacity for further improvement.