Latest Ofsted news
I am absolutely delighted that during our recent Ofsted inspection our Personal Development and Welfare, as well as our Leadership and Management were rated as ‘Outstanding’ with an overall judgement of ‘Good’. All at Bluecoat Aspley Academy are very proud of our rich history, faith and belief as well as our truly inclusive nature. We do ‘Believe in ourselves, each other, in God’. Our vision is to ensure all students make progress, regardless of their background, ability or starting point and we celebrate the impact of our specialist SEN provision on site. Students are welcomed into our family and remain with us throughout: at Bluecoat Aspley Academy there have been no permanent exclusions in over 4 years. We are committed to working with all students and their families to ensure that all are supported and that our young people remain and thrive in education. Our staff are truly dedicated to supporting and teaching our diverse cohort and we are very proud of the work we do at the Academy each day.
Particular quotes from the report that we are extremely proud of include:
- The principal, senior leaders and academy trust members have high expectations. They are committed to and place a sharp focus on, improving outcomes for all pupils.
- Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and understanding of British values are at the heart of the school’s work.
- The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding. The efforts of staff to break down barriers to pupils’ learning and provide high quality support are exemplary. Some pupils who would otherwise find learning difficult thrive in the school.
- Pupils take pride in being part of the school. They know that they are part of a community, and diversity in this Church of England school is welcomed. Pupils are confident and respectful towards each other and adults.
- Pupils are tolerant of those from other backgrounds or with other beliefs. Leaders ensure that they learn about different types of bullying. Pupils know what action to take if any bullying takes place. Bullying, including racism, is very rare.
- Pupils have an excellent understanding of how to keep themselves safe, especially when using technology.
- Pupils have positive attitudes to their learning and low-level disruption is rare.
- Pupils’ progress is good. Pupils leave the school well prepared for their next stages of education, training or employment.
- The progress of disadvantaged pupils is typically good. Their progress matched the national average for all pupils in 2017.
- Teachers use strong subject knowledge to plan interesting learning activities. A variety of teaching approaches and appropriate use of technology engage pupils and match their different learning styles.
- Leaders provide pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities with valuable support. This is also true for pupils who attend the special resource provision.
- Leaders provide pupils with a wide range of subjects and different approaches to learning. They design the school’s curriculum to meet the needs of different pupils.
- Students make good progress in all qualifications in the sixth form. In the past, their overall progress has been well above average.