Stoke Studio College for Manufacturing and Design Engineering

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Moorland Road

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13 - 19
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The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school complies with Department for Education guidance on what academies should publish. The school was, until very recently, sponsored by Stoke-on-Trent College. It is now sponsored by the Alpha Academies Trust. The new trust has proposed to the Department for Education that this school should close because, in the time that the school has been open, it has not been able to attract enough pupils to be financially Inspection report: Stoke Studio College for Manufacturing and Design Engineering, 3–4 October 2017 Page 8 of 11 viable. As a result, the school cannot teach most of its curriculum on the Studio College site. All pupils on roll at the Studio College were originally on roll at two local secondary schools, Excel Academy and Discovery Academy. They are still taught their nonvocational curriculum for four days each week at these home schools, where 85% of their teaching time takes place. They spend one day each week at the Studio College undertaking a vocational curriculum. Most of the leaders in the Studio College are members of staff from Excel Academy and Discovery Academy. The vast majority of pupils currently on roll have middle or high prior attainment at key stage 2, but had made weak progress or had weak attendance by the end of Year 8. The school is set up to admit pupils aged 13 to 19 on a curriculum of vocational and work-based learning in manufacturing, design and engineering. The school did not accept new applications in 2017. All current Year 12 students transferred to other providers. Therefore, the school only has pupils in Year 10 and Year 11. The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged is well above the national average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is above the national average. A small number of pupils attend alternative provision at Alpha Learning Staffordshire. Alpha Learning Staffordshire is not connected to the sponsor, the Alpha Learning Trust. SS Inspection report: Stoke Studio College for Manufacturing and Design Engineering, 3–4 October 2017 Page 9 of 11 Information about this inspection Inspectors met with the chief executive officer of the trust who is currently the acting principal of the Studio College, and the centre manager. They also met with senior leaders from Excel Academy and Discovery Academy who are currently responsible for much of the Studio College’s leadership, including safeguarding. Inspectors observed Year 10 lessons in the vocational curriculum, analysing pupils’ work in both practical sessions and theoretical lessons. Inspectors could not observe teaching of Year 11 pupils because they only attend the Studio College on a Friday. Inspectors sampled work from a range of subjects in the pupils’ home schools where most of their curriculum is taught. They spoke with pupils from Years 10 and 11 about their experiences of Studio College and their home school. Inspectors scrutinised a range of documentation including the school’s own tracking information, vetting records, curriculum plans, risk assessments, and behaviour and attendance records. There were no responses to Parent View, Ofsted’s online questionnaire. There were no responses to the staff or pupil surveys.

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