Aylward Academy

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Windmill Road
N18 1NB
11 - 19
Academy sponsor led mainstream
4 1 1 2 3 4
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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
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Aylward Academy is larger than the average-sized secondary school. The larger-than-average sized sixth form has an increasing number of students on roll. Aylward Academy opened in 2010 on the site of its predecessor school, Gladys Aylward School. It is a member of the London Academies Enterprise Trust (LAET), which works in partnership with the Mayor’s Academies Ltd and the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET). The academy received an inspection monitoring visit in January 2012 and was judged to have made good progress towards raising standards. The vast majority of students are from minority ethnic groups and two thirds of these speak English as an additional language. The largest groups of students are of Turkish and Black Somali heritage, with a smaller proportion of White British and Black Caribbean heritage. The proportion of students known to be eligible for free school meals and for the pupil premium is very much higher than that found nationally. The Beehive and the Huxley project are all onsite centres and used for the additional support of these students. The proportion of students identified as disabled or with special educational needs is above the national average. The majority of these students have behavioural, emotional and social difficulties and are supported by school action. The proportion of students with a statement of special educational needs is below the national average. These students have moderate learning difficulties. An increasing number of Eastern European students are joining the academy and this means that the proportion of students for whom English is an additional language is very high. The internal exclusions centre (IEC) is a unit in the academy that serves to educate those students who are excluded from lessons for a fixed amount of time. The academy does not use alternative provision for its students. The school has specialist status in English, literacy and business studies. The school is currently above the government’s floor standard, which is the minimum expected standard for students’ attainment and progress.

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"> Very professional and thoughful staff. Students are well behaved and polite. Teachers are extremely proud of their students. I believe it will be an outstanding school in no time.
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