Unity Academy Blackpool

Name Unity Academy Blackpool
Website http://www.unity.blackpool.org.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 03 October 2017
Address Warbreck Hill Road, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY2 0TS
Phone Number 01253478129
Type Academy
Age Range 5-16
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 951 (49% boys 51% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 15.8
Academy Sponsor Fylde Coast Academy Trust
Local Authority Blackpool
Percentage Free School Meals 46.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

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.