Barbara Priestman Academy
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Post 16
Special school

11 - 19
Academy special converter
4 1 1 2 3 4
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School Description

Barbara Priestman Academy converted to become an academy school in August 2012. When its predecessor school, Barbara Priestman School and Technology College, was last inspected by Ofsted, it was judged to be good overall. Barbara Priestman was a founding member of the Ascent Academies’ Trust. The academy provides for students from Sunderland and other local authorities who have a diagnosis of autism spectrum conditions or other complex learning needs. All students have a statement of special educational needs and/or education, care and health plans. The proportion of disadvantaged students supported by the pupil premium is about average compared with national figures at just under a third of the student population. (Pupil premium is additional government funding for students up to the end of Key Stage 4 who are known to be eligible for free school meals and/or are looked after by the local authority). Almost all students are of White British heritage. About 80% of the student population are boys which is typical for such provisions. About 40% of the students are in the sixth form. Although the majority of students enter the academy at Year 7, students are admitted at any time, especially at Year 9 and into the sixth form. No academy students currently access alternative provision. Ascent Trust has recently established 19 to 25-year-old provision in partnership with Sunderland College to provide appropriate courses to academy leavers who wish to remain in education within the local authority. A new sixth form building was opened in the summer of 2014. The academy has applied for an Academy Capital Maintenance grant with matched funding in order to refurbish and extend the existing building. The academy has gained a number of awards including Investors in People Gold, National Autistic Society accreditation, Thinking Schools, Arts Mark Gold, National Foundation for Educational Research Mark and International Schools Award.

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This school is an academy and does not conform to the general school admission criteria set down by the Local Education Authority.

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