Sunderland’s multimillion-pound Academy 360 on the road to improvement

Academy 360.
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A PROBLEM-HIT school is on the road to improvement say Ofsted bosses.

Academy 360, Sunderland’s multimillion pound flagship academy, was issued with a notice to improve last spring.

Since then the school has been hit by further controversy when the principal, Paul Prest, resigned his post.

Now, Ofsted inspectors, who revisited the school a few weeks ago said it is making satisfactory progress.

Academy 360 was opened in 2008 through the merger of Pennywell School and Quarry View Primary School.

Last summer, it was give a notice to improve by inspectors, who 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 detrimental impact on students’ outcomes in 2010.

“Attainment at the end of Years 2 and 6 was well below average.”

They also said although behaviour was satisfactory overall, there was some disruptive behaviour by a minority of students, which had a negative impact.

But, a report following the recent monitoring inspection said: “At this time the academy is making satisfactory progress in addressing the issues for improvement and in raising the students’ achievement.

“The students’ attainment is steadily increasing, many from low starting points. Inspection evidence confirms the academy’s current information that achievement across the year groups is continuing to improve.”

The proportion of students making at least satisfactory and good progress is also steadily increasing.

The report said: “Leaders know there is a long way to go to match the national picture in English and mathematics and they are taking effective action to increase achievement.”

Inspectors said the skills of teachers to manage behaviour are improving and poor behaviour is more swiftly dealt with because new management procedures are more consistently applied.

The report stated: “Progress has been made and the academy recognises there is still some way to go to fully eliminate the low-level disruption by some students in lessons, which limits the progress of others.”

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