26th - 27th January 2011
This inspection was carried out by two of Her Majesty’s Inspectors and three additional inspectors. Most of the time was spent looking at learning, including observations of 52 lessons taught by 56 teachers. Meetings were held with a range of staff, groups of students and members of the governing body. Inspectors observed the academy’s work and looked at documentation, including information about students’ progress, improvement plans, policies and procedures, teaching records, health and safety information and an analysis of 470 parental questionnaires, together with 125 questionnaires from students in Years 7 to 13 and 68 from staff.
The inspection team reviewed many aspects of the academy’s work. It looked in detail at a number of key areas including the following: