Summary of key findings
- The proportion of students who have achieved five or more good GCSE grades at A* to C, including English and mathematics, has been above average since the academy opened in 2012.
- Almost all groups of students, including disabled students and those who have special educational needs, make good progress in all year groups and across most subjects.
- The main reason why students make good progress is because they benefit from teaching which is usually good and sometimes outstanding.
- Most teachers show that they have high expectations of what students are capable of achieving, and plan challenging lessons. As a result students work hard and demonstrate very positive attitudes to learning.
- Students behave well, both in lessons and at break times. They are polite, courteous and well mannered. They have a good understanding of safety matters and feel safe at school.
- All leaders and managers, including governors, have a good understanding of the academy's strengths and areas for improvement. They are using this continuously and effectively to improve teaching and achievement.
- Consequently, they have demonstrated that they have a strong capacity to ensure that further improvements are achieved.
- The sixth form is good. Students make good and sometimes outstanding progress as a result of teaching that is consistently at least good and sometimes outstanding.