Bridgwater College Academy

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Academy sponsor led mainstream
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Bridgwater College Academy is a larger-than-average, sponsored academy which opened in 2012. It provides nursery, primary and secondary education on one site. Bridgwater College Trust is the responsible body, which is sponsored by Bridgwater College. The multiacademy trust operates four schools across Somerset. The executive headteacher is also responsible for West Somerset College, Minehead. Most pupils are White British, although there is a growing number of pupils from a diverse range of other nationalities. Approximately one in 10 pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported by the pupil premium is significantly higher than in most schools nationally; almost half the pupils are eligible. The pupil premium is funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and for children looked after. The school receives additional funding for a small number of pupils in Year 7 who had not achieved Level 4 in reading and/or mathematics at the end of primary school. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs or disabilities is twice that seen nationally. A very small number of pupils have education, health and care plans or statements of special educational need. A very high proportion of pupils join or leave the school other than at the normal times. At the time of inspection, a very small number of pupils from the secondary phase were undertaking their studies off-site at The Bridge School, Sedgemoor. The early years has four Reception classes of four- and five-year-olds who attend full-time, and a parttime Nursery class for children aged three and four. In 2015, the school met the government’s primary and secondary floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school does not meet requirements on the publication of information on its website. The website lacks information about the impact of the pupil premium and Year 7 catch-up funding and the effectiveness of the provision for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities. Inspection report: Bridgwater College Academy, 28–29 June 2016 Page 8 of 10 Information about this inspection Inspectors observed learning in 43 lessons across all the school’s age groups. Most lessons were observed jointly with senior leaders. Inspectors looked at samples of pupils’ work in detail and heard younger pupils read. Meetings were held with members of the local governing body and the chair of the board of trustees. Inspectors held meetings with senior leaders, newly qualified teachers and other groups of staff. Inspectors observed pupils’ behaviour at break, lunchtimes and at the end of the school day. Members of the inspection team reviewed key documents including the school’s self-evaluation, its current action plan, records of attendance and behaviour, risk assessments and information relating to pupils’ safety and academic progress. Inspectors took account of 97 parental responses to Parent View (Ofsted’s online questionnaire). One inspector held a telephone conversation with the local authority’s designated safeguarding officer.

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