No gold star for Academy

Chiel Executive Paul Prest meets pupils at te first day at Academy 360, pupils are (left to right) Laim Hylton, Jodey Murray, Lauren Canning, Joel Freeman, Hannah Old, and David Foster.'' 04/09/2008   Photographer: TC    ''file pic

Chiel Executive Paul Prest meets pupils at te first day at Academy 360, pupils are (left to right) Laim Hylton, Jodey Murray, Lauren Canning, Joel Freeman, Hannah Old, and David Foster.'' 04/09/2008 Photographer: TC ''file pic

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SUNDERLAND’S flagship academy has been told it must do better.

Ofsted inspectors said Academy 360 is inadequate and have issued the Wearside school with a notice to improve.

The academy, which was opened in 2008 through the merger of the Pennywell School and Quarry View Primary School, was visited by inspectors who decided it requires significant improvement.

Paul Prest, chief executive of Academy 360, said the Ofsted report is a stark reminder there is still a long way to go to turn the school around.

The report from inspectors said: “Developing a new academy quickly, from predecessor schools with their own ways of working, the history of underachievement in the secondary school, the move to the new building and staff turbulence all had a particularly detrimental impact on students’ outcomes in 2010.

“Attainment at the end of Years 2 and 6 was well below average. Students’ attainment in Year 11 was also well below average, but there was significant improvement in the proportion attaining five good GCSEs from 2009.”

However, the inspectors said action was being taken to improve matters and evidence indicates the majority of students are now making satisfactory progress in their lessons.

They said: “Some teaching is good and occasionally outstanding, and the proportion of inadequate teaching is reducing effectively.”

Inspectors said behaviour is satisfactory overall, but some disruptive behaviour by a minority of students has a negative impact.

The inspectors said although significant improvement is required in relation to students’ attainment, achievement and attendance, some aspects of the academy are good including young people adapting healthy lifestyles, work with ICT and the early years foundation stage provision.

To improve further, inspectors said the school needs to raise standards and hasten the rate of progress students make, improve the quality and impact of teaching and improve students’ behaviour.

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