Ark Alexandra Academy
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Secondary
Post 16
PUPILS
1557
AGES
11 - 18
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Academy sponsor led
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The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

Source: All attending pupils National School Census Data, ONS
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This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the last School Census collected by the Department for Education. It is a visualisation of where pupils lived at the time of the annual School Census.

Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

This information is provided as a guide only. The criteria in which schools use to allocate places in the event that they are oversubscribed can and do vary between schools and over time. These criteria can include distance from the school and sometimes specific catchment areas but can also include, amongst others, priority for siblings, children of a particular faith or specific feeder schools. Living in an area where children have previously attended a school does not guarantee admission to the school in future years. Always check with the school’s own admission authority for the current admission arrangements.

3 steps to help parents gather catchment information for a school:

  1. Look at our school catchment area guide for more information on heat maps. They give a useful indicator of the general areas that admit pupils to the school. This visualisation is based on all attending pupils present at the time of the annual School Census.
  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Contact (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

How Does The School Perform?

Requires Improvement
NATIONAL AVG. 2.09
Ofsted Inspection
(03/11/2021)
Full Report - All Reports
46%
NATIONAL AVG. 38%
5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths



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Progress Compared With All Other Schools

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School Results Over Time

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% of pupils who achieved 5+ GCSEs grade 9-4
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% of pupils who achieved GCSE grade 5 or above in both English and maths
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% of pupils who achieved 3 A levels at AAB or higher
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Park Avenue
William Parker Campus
Hastings
TN34 2PG
01424439888

School Description

Pupils at Ark Alexandra Academy increasingly understand that learning is important. Teachers encourage them to believe that they can achieve well. Most pupils enjoy their learning and feel happy at school. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), however, do not currently have the right support to help them succeed. Pupils are happy with the range of subjects that they have. Leaders recognise, however, that there is still more to do to widen choice. For instance, only Year 7 pupils have music on their timetable currently. Leaders have worked hard to ensure that sixth-form students have a wide choice of courses. Overall, pupils behave well in the school. There is a calm and ordered atmosphere in lessons. At breaktimes, pupils enjoy socialising with each other. Most pupils feel safe and say that staff deal well with bullying. A few pupils think that adults could support them better. Pupils and staff have had a great deal of upheaval following the merger, two years ago. The school is now growing in strength. As one parent commented, ‘The improvement is noticeable and welcome. The new leadership has clearly taken the school forward.’ What does the school do well and what does it need to do better? Leaders have made significant and rapid improvements to the content of the curriculum. Subject leads have looked carefully at their plans. They have sequenced the content correctly. This helps pupils to build up their knowledge successfully. Teachers are much clearer about what precisely they want their pupils to learn. They are also increasingly clear about what gaps pupils have in their learning. This thorough approach to assessment extends into the sixth form. Staff have strong subject knowledge. This expertise informs and supports their delivery of the curriculum. Pupils trust in their teachers’ competence. They learn in a focused and purposeful way. This clarity of approach is helping pupils to learn more and retain more. However, it is still at an early stage of development. Pupils are not yet consistently able to make connections to past learning. Sometimes they do not acquire a deep enough understanding of certain topics. This is especially true of less-able pupils and those with SEND. Students in the sixth form draw on previous learning more securely than pupils elsewhere in the school. Overall, leaders are making sure the curriculum reflects the raised expectations they have of the pupils. They have reintroduced music. They have also increased time spent learning a modern foreign language at key stage 3. However, too few pupils choose to study a language at key stage 4. Inspection report: Ark Alexandra Academy 3 and 4 November 2021 2 Leaders have made the development of reading in the school a top priority. A clear focus on helping the weakest readers began last year. However, the effects of the pandemic hampered the expected impact. Leaders have redoubled their efforts at the start of this year. They have devised a comprehensive strategy, invested in resources and delivered training to staff. The work on reading has not yet had time to take full effect. As a result, the impact on weaker readers’ progress is still variable. A further focus this year has been on how best to support pupils with SEND. Again, this initiative is still relatively recent. Leaders have a clear strategy for development. They understand that they need to do more to identify pupils’ needs. Teachers do not always have the skills to adapt activities or support pupils with SEND to access the curriculum and learn more successfully. Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes have improved. Parents, pupils, staff and governors all agree that there has been a significant shift. Pupils behave well in class and respect their teachers. There is very little disruption to learning. Pupils respect the rules. Their attendance at school is improving. The personal development of pupils has been a fundamental part of the school’s work in recent times. Leaders have expanded the range of clubs and activities on offer. The school has recruited well to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme and also to the Combined Cadet Force. Parents are very appreciative of the range of extra-curricular activities that are on offer. High numbers of disadvantaged pupils participate. The school makes sure that it meets the requirements of the Baker Clause, which requires schools to provide students in Years 8 to 13 with information about approved technical education qualifications and apprenticeships. It provides appropriate careers advice and guidance. Staff are appreciative of the rapid improvements leaders have made at the school. They understand and support the headteacher’s vision. Staff believe that leaders consider their well-being and workload carefully. The trust has invested in the school. It has provided support with both teacher and curriculum development.

Ark Alexandra Academy Parent Reviews



unlock % Parents Recommend This School
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>11, "agree"=>33, "disagree"=>23, "strongly_disagree"=>32, "dont_know"=>1} UNLOCK Figures based on 473 responses up to 22-02-2024
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>15, "agree"=>39, "disagree"=>22, "strongly_disagree"=>20, "dont_know"=>3} UNLOCK Figures based on 473 responses up to 22-02-2024
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>18, "agree"=>38, "disagree"=>26, "strongly_disagree"=>14, "dont_know"=>4} UNLOCK Figures based on 473 responses up to 22-02-2024
My Child Has Not Been Bullied Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"my_child_has_not_been_bullied"=>49, "strongly_agree"=>5, "agree"=>10, "disagree"=>11, "strongly_disagree"=>16, "dont_know"=>9} UNLOCK Figures based on 473 responses up to 22-02-2024
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>8, "agree"=>29, "disagree"=>34, "strongly_disagree"=>24, "dont_know"=>5} UNLOCK Figures based on 473 responses up to 22-02-2024
I Have Not Raised Any Concerns Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"i_have_not_raised_any_concerns"=>16, "strongly_agree"=>11, "agree"=>19, "disagree"=>15, "strongly_disagree"=>35, "dont_know"=>3} UNLOCK Figures based on 473 responses up to 22-02-2024
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>3, "agree"=>12, "disagree"=>17, "strongly_disagree"=>63, "dont_know"=>5} UNLOCK Figures based on 139 responses up to 22-02-2024
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>29, "agree"=>36, "disagree"=>12, "strongly_disagree"=>11, "dont_know"=>11} UNLOCK Figures based on 473 responses up to 22-02-2024
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>15, "agree"=>41, "disagree"=>17, "strongly_disagree"=>19, "dont_know"=>7} UNLOCK Figures based on 473 responses up to 22-02-2024
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>8, "agree"=>33, "disagree"=>28, "strongly_disagree"=>28, "dont_know"=>3} UNLOCK Figures based on 473 responses up to 22-02-2024
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>12, "agree"=>52, "disagree"=>19, "strongly_disagree"=>10, "dont_know"=>6} UNLOCK Figures based on 473 responses up to 22-02-2024
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>25, "agree"=>53, "disagree"=>8, "strongly_disagree"=>8, "dont_know"=>6} UNLOCK Figures based on 473 responses up to 22-02-2024
Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree Don't Know {"strongly_agree"=>10, "agree"=>25, "disagree"=>22, "strongly_disagree"=>33, "dont_know"=>10} UNLOCK Figures based on 473 responses up to 22-02-2024
Yes No {"yes"=>41, "no"=>59} UNLOCK Figures based on 473 responses up to 22-02-2024

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