North Road Academy

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North Road
3 - 16
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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
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North Road Academy is an independent Muslim faith school located in the Cobridge area of Stoke-on-Trent. The school is registered for up to 200 boys and girls aged from three to 16 years. There are currently 120 full-time pupils on the school roll from the Reception class through to Year 11. Pupils are of mainly Asian heritage. Almost all pupils speak English as an additional language but very few are at the early stages of learning English. The headteacher is also the proprietor of the school. There are no trustees and no Inspection report: North Road Academy, 16–18 October 2018 Page 9 of 12 governing body. The school is housed in a former local authority primary school. The premises were purchased in April 2011 and an extensive refurbishment was completed before the school opened in November 2012. The school’s last full inspection was in December 2013. The school’s overall effectiveness was judged to be good and it met all of the independent school standards. The school was originally registered for boys and girls up to the age of 11. This was extended to 14 years of age in December 2013. In May 2016, following a progress monitoring inspection where all standards were judged to be met, the Department for Education increased the school’s capacity to 200 and extended its upper-age limit to 16 years of age. The school has increased its staffing to cater for the increased number of pupils on the school roll. The school aims to provide a caring, safe and enjoyable environment in which every pupil can discover and reach their potential. It aims to provide Muslim children with a high standard of education based on the national curriculum in addition to teaching Islamic studies and the Arabic language. The school does not make use of alternative provision. The school shares the site with the North Road Nursery. The same proprietor owns the school and nursery. Ofsted separately inspects the nursery. The most recent inspection took place in September 2018 when the provision was judged to be good. T Inspection report: North Road Academy, 16–18 October 2018 Page 10 of 12 Information about this inspection The inspection was carried out with one day’s notice. Inspectors observed pupils’ learning in 22 lessons across all year groups and including a range of secular and religious subjects. A number of these observations were undertaken jointly with a member of the senior leadership team. Inspectors looked at examples of pupils’ work and spoke to pupils formally and informally. One inspector listened to some pupils read. The inspectors observed pupils’ behaviour around the school, as well as in lessons. Meetings were held with the headteacher, senior leaders and members of staff. Inspectors reviewed a wide range of documentation, including: records relating to safeguarding, attendance and health and safety; pupils’ files; curriculum plans and schemes of work; school performance data; the school’s website and the school’s selfevaluation and development plans. Inspectors considered parents’ opinions through scrutinising 50 responses to Ofsted’s online questionnaire, Parent View, including 23 free-text responses. One inspector also spoke to a sample of parents on the second day of the inspection. Sixteen responses to the staff questionnaire were considered as part of the inspection. Inspection team Catherine Crooks, lead inspector Her Majesty’s Inspector Janet Satchwell Ofsted Inspector Inspection report: North Road Academy, 16–18 October 2018 Page 11 of 12 Any complaints about the inspection or the report should be made following the procedures set out in the guidance ‘Raising concerns and making a complaint about Ofsted’, which is available from Ofsted’s website: If you would like Ofsted to send you a copy of the guidance, please telephone 0300 123 4234, or email [email protected]

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