The Open Academy

Secondary
Post 16

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Salhouse Road
Norwich
NR7 9DL
01603481640
Pupils
608
Ages
11 - 19
Gender
Mixed
Type
Academy sponsor led mainstream
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.06
Ofsted Report
(7/11/18)
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54%
NATIONAL AVG. 60%
5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
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From January to August 2018, the school was led by an acting principal, who is now the vice-principal. The newly appointed principal was absent at the time of the inspection due to ill health. He attended one meeting with an inspector. For the two days of the inspection, the vice-principal was responsible for the operation of the school. The school is part of the Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust (DNEAT). DNEAT is a multi-academy trust with 12 trustees. It delegates some of its work to the local governing body of The Open Academy via a scheme of delegation which is reviewed annually. The principal of The Open Academy reports to a school Inspection report: The Open Academy, 6–7 November 2018 Page 8 of 11 improvement partner from DNEAT, who in turn reports to the chief executive officer of the trust. The academy is part of the Norwich Opportunity Area. This is a network of local partners working together to increase social mobility in Norwich. The academy runs a specially resourced provision with 10 places for pupils who have autistic spectrum disorder. At the time of the inspection, the academy was running a time-limited trial of teaching a small number of boys from one class in a single-sex group for English. This practice is capable of amounting to segregation by sex contrary to the Equality Act 2010. However, the school’s rationale for this policy is that boys achieve less well in English than girls and they want to establish if they can improve boys’ achievement with this approach. I have concluded that segregation by sex in this one class is for educational reasons, and that it is reasonable and proportionate to remedy the concerns about boys’ achievement. Therefore, it meets the requirements for the positive action exemption under section 158 of the Equality Act 2010 and is not unlawful. The school makes use of one other education provider: City College Norwich. The school is a smaller-than-average secondary school with a smaller-than-average proportion of girls. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is above the national average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is above average. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is above the national average.

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