St Andrew's Academy
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Post 16
Special school
11 - 19
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4 1 1 2 3 4
Ofsted Inspection
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Happiness Rating
Pupil/Teacher ratio
Persistent Absence
Pupils first language
not English
Free school meals
Pupils with SEN support

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Breadsall Hilltop
DE21 4EW

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Since the previous inspection, there has been a great deal of change. The school has overcome a number of staffing challenges over the last two years. Leaders and governors have acted decisively to identify and address weaknesses. They have also ensured that the long-standing strengths of the school are further developed. For example, you recognise the need to develop staff skills further in the area of providing individual support to pupils and to develop accreditation opportunities for students in the sixth form. Leaders have effectively addressed the areas for improvement identified in the last inspection. Health and safety requirements are being met and parents and carers are provided with a range of bespoke courses to help them understand their child’s learning. Leaders have also correctly identified the strengths of the school and the areas for further development. School self-evaluation is accurate. Leaders provide teachers and governors with high-quality continuing professional development from members of the teaching school alliance. School staff provide training to mainstream schools within the alliance. This training and the support are valued highly and are effective. School leaders have been less successful in ensuring that the school development plan helps to secure necessary improvement. A shared understanding across the school of the priorities and key actions for development is not fully evident. Pupils were keen to show inspectors their work and to talk or sign about what they were learning. Pupils were really excited to tell the inspector what they had learned about Oliver Twist and the character Mr Bumble. Pupils were well mannered, polite and friendly. The relationships between staff and pupils are good. All pupils with whom inspectors spoke were positive about school, typically stating that, ‘the staff are awesome and the lessons are fantastic’. Parents and carers who spoke with the inspectors are supportive of the school. They are confident that their children achieve and make good progress. A representative comment was, ‘This is a brilliant school. My son is making very good progress. He loves coming to school’. Parents believe that pupils are well cared for and are safe because the staff understand their care and healthcare needs well. Safeguarding is effective. The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. Safeguarding and care are at the heart of the school and high priorities for all staff. There is a strong safeguarding culture in the school. Regular training and targeted update sessions ensure that all staff are aware of current legislation and know how to report and record their concerns. An online system is used effectively for this purpose. The school administration team and designated safeguarding leads make sure that all the required checks on staff, governors and volunteers are undertaken, recorded diligently and then securely stored. Staff work effectively in partnership with other agencies; for example, they support 29 families at the level of early help, provide courses for family members to attend and support families outside school. The team works effectively with the on-site nurse and externally with members of social care and the community paediatrics team. Medicines used in school are stored securely and the procedures for their administration are robust and understood. Health and safety of the site are regularly reviewed. Prompt action is taken if any work is required. Pupils trust the adults in school and talk with them about any worry or concern. You and the safeguarding staff make sure that pupils are taught to keep themselves safe, including through the strong programme for personal and social education. Pupils’ attendance is monitored and reviewed by leaders, and there are effective safeguarding systems in place to check on the well-being of those who are absent. Pupils are happy in school. The leadership team and governing body have ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose.

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