Sharnbrook Academy

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Odell Road
MK44 1JL
11 - 18
Academy - Converter mainstream
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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
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Sharnbrook Upper School is a larger than average sized 13 to 19 mixed comprehensive school. There are approximately equal numbers of boys and girls in the school. The school has specialisms in the media arts and applied learning. It holds awards for Artsmark Gold, Sportsmark and Healthy Schools. It is a member of the Sharnbrook Academy Federation linked to the Lincroft, Margaret Beaufort and Harrold Priory middle schools. Sharnbrook Upper School (SUS) is a member of the Pilgrim Learning Trust. Over ninety per cent of the students are from White British, Irish or other White or mixed White backgrounds. The proportion from minority ethnic groups is well below the national average. The proportion of students who speak English as an additional language is well below the national average. The proportion of students eligible for the pupil premium is well below the national average. The government provides additional funding to support students known to be eligible for free school meals, in the care of the local authority or from service families because they are at particular risk of underachieving. Around 2% of the students are disabled or have special educational needs. The proportions of students supported by school action, school action plus and those with a statement of special educational need are all well below national averages. Provision for students on alternative programmes is arranged by the school in conjunction with Bedford College. The school was designated as a National Teaching School in 2012 and shares best practice with other schools within its partnership, regionally and nationally. The school exceeds current government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress.

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Sharnbrook Academy Reviews

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“Special Needs Provision”
"> While this is in many respects a good school by standard measures, it has serious deficits in Special Needs provision. It is ill equipped to support people with Dyslexia having few resources, but, more significantly, a lack of knowledge and skills across its teaching staff. The management in particular lacks any expertise, and indeed at sixth form level, they seek to direct individuals elsewhere despite being the only school serving this area. Sixth form admission takes no account of Dyslexia and applies identical criteria to all. The concept that equality does not mean treating everyone the same is lost on them. So take great care if your child has Dyslexia, and question far beyond the welcoming statements. Results and University admissions is the driver ; the fact that Dyslexic pupils are entirely capable of achieving both if supported well is not understood. Of course some Dyslexic pupils do succeed here, but generally having had private tutoring. I would in fact award no stars in relation to the Special Needs department, but have tried to be fair in recognising some positive features in other respects.
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