Willenhall E-ACT Academy

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11 - 18
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The new headteacher, who has been the acting headteacher since January 2019, was formally appointed to the substantive role in March 2019. A national senior adviser from the trust that sponsors the school had previously taken on the responsibilities of the headteacher in autumn 2018 during a period of absence of the former headteacher. The number of pupils on the roll of the school has fallen since the last inspection. This is because there have been fewer pupils joining the school in Year 7. A higher than average proportion of pupils are admitted to the school, or leave, other than at the start of the year. Over half the pupils are supported by the pupil premium. This is much higher than the national average. An average proportion of pupils with SEND have an education, health and care plan. An Inspection report: Willenhall E-ACT Academy, 19–20 March 2019 Page 9 of 12 above-average proportion of pupils with SEND are supported by the school. The proportion of pupils who enter the school with expected levels of prior attainment in reading, writing and mathematics is lower than the national average. There are pupils at the school from a wide range of different minority ethnic heritages. Three quarters of the pupils are of White British background. The school operates an Innovation Centre for a small number of pupils in Years 9, 10 and 11 who are at risk of permanent exclusion. A very small number of the school’s pupils attend full-time alternative provision at Shepwell Short Stay School in Walsall. The school has not admitted students into its sixth-form provision since the previous inspection. There are currently no students following 16 to 19 study programmes. E-ACT is the multi-academy trust that sponsors the school. The school is governed by E-ACT’s board of trustees. A regional team holds the school to account through meetings of the raising achievement board. The school receives additional support from the trust. For example, systems leaders regularly visit the school to provide support on specific priorities.

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Willenhall E-ACT Academy Reviews

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"> This school is really good and in my opinion, the quality of education has improved rapidly.
“Poorly Managed School With Bad Behavior”
"> I am very disappointed in this school as it is the nearest to my home and yet I have had to withdraw my children due to the toxic atmosphere at the school. There is a lack of consistency with teaching and supply teachers often replace regular staff. Children are given no constructive lunchtime activities, such as sports, and as a result, fights often break out in "the quad." There is a general lack of discipline at the school, with no consequences for bad behaviour. The school itself is poorly designed, with narrow corridors. As a result, bullying in these communal areas is common, especially the older year 11 children picking on the young year 7's. Although the corridors have CCTV, this does not seem to be reliably monitored. Pupils have a lack of respect for the school building and there is a lot of chewing gum, litter and graffiti in the classrooms and on the chairs. The school has a bad reputation locally, and deservedly so. In my opinion, special measures are needed in order to turn this school around and motivate pupils.
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