Kempston Challenger Academy

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Hill Rise
Kempston
Bedford
MK42 7EB
01234290900
Pupils
525
Ages
9 - 18
Gender
Mixed
Type
Academy sponsor led mainstream
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.06
Ofsted Report
(13/9/18)
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43%
NATIONAL AVG. 60%
5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
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Kempston Challenger Academy is smaller than the average-sized secondary school. It became a sponsored academy in November 2015, when the Hastingsbury Business and Enterprise College was sponsored by the Challenger Multi-Academy Trust. In September 2016, the school amalgamated with Robert Bruce Middle School and provided education for pupils from nine to 18 years of age. In September 2018, the school became a secondary school catering for pupils aged 11 to 18 as part of a transition from a three-tier to two-tier model of primary and secondary education. The current executive headteacher was appointed in September 2016 and there were significant changes at senior and middle leadership level and in staffing during Inspection report: Kempston Challenger Academy, 12–13 September 2018 Page 11 of 14 2016/17. Staffing was more stable during the 2017/18 academic year. The board of trustees of the Challenger Multi-Academy Trust is responsible for the governance of the school but has delegated some responsibilities to a small local governing body (LGB). The LGB is responsible for holding the executive headteacher and senior leaders to account for the standards of education in the school, and for setting the vision for the school. The trust has provided support for senior and middle leaders, support for teaching, learning and assessment and support for science through a specialist leader of education. External consultants have provided support for teachers of English, mathematics and science and the LGB. The trust has also commissioned external reviews of the school and of safeguarding procedures. Just over half of the pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is about twice the national average. The proportion of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds is above the national average. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is lower than the national average. The proportion of pupils who have an education, health and care plan is above the national average. The school runs a specialist support unit, the Aspen Centre, for pupils who have social, emotional and mental health needs. The local authority manages admissions to the centre for pupils who meet its criteria for admissions. The centre currently has 14 pupils on roll from Year 7 to Year 10. There are currently no pupils attending alternative provision.

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