We were judged as a ‘good’ school at our last inspection in 2011 :
This is a good school, including the post 16 centre. Much of the teaching is good and some is outstanding. This accounts largely for the students' good achievement and progress in lessons.
Already, we are moving towards our aspiration to be recognised as ‘outstanding’ . Our exam results, for all groups of students and at all levels, are improving year on year. In 2011, at GCSE, our Value added score ( which measures the progress made by students from the end of primary to the end of secondary schooling ) was the highest in Bassetlaw, at 1009.1 ( 1000 is the National Average ) We are particularly proud of the fact that this measure recognises our commitment to inclusion : all students make good progress, not just some. 90% of students left with 5 or more GCSEs or equivalent, at grade A*-C and 51% left with 5 or more, including English and maths. Achievement at A’Level was also good, with a good percentage of A*-B grades, and success across all levels of ability.
At our last inspection, we were also recognised as a caring school with good quality advice and guidance to support young people in making the best of their talents and achieving their goals. We know that young people are more likely to be successful if they feel safe and they feel supported:
‘Staff demonstrate strong, caring attitudes and students receive good personal support and guidance, both at times of transition and when facing challenges. Systems to monitor students’ progress and well-being are effective, including for those students whose circumstances make them potentially vulnerable. The individual attention given to them is particularly commented on by parents and carers, who appreciate the support given by staff. ‘ Ofsted 2011
We have strong tradition in developing the talents of young people in sport and the expressive arts. We have very successful teams in badminton, cross country, football, futsal and Boccia and very talented competitiors in badminton, swimming, Tae Kwondo, football, rugby, dance.
We also have a national award for excellence in developing young leaders – students who coach others; teach younger children and ‘buddy’ others so that they can learn and achieve well in school. Leaders in maths, science, modern languages, humanities, drama and sport have all been recognised for the contribution they make to the learning and wellbeing of other students in The Elizabethan Family of Schools.
The Elizabethan choir are described by their fellow students as ‘awesome’ and they have won the Worksop Festival 5 times in a row! Almost 100 students take instrumental lessons which are subsidised by the school because we value the experience of learning to play a musical instrument. The Dance Club and Dance Shows attract more than a 100 students who participate with fantastic energy and grace. The Drama Department offer a broad range of opportunities to visit the theatre and perform/direct/produce their own performances. The Art Department offers a wide range of opportunities for students to develop their artistic talents, including working with local artists, photographers and sculptors, and displaying their work in major school exhibitions, as well as within the local community.
Our specialism in science and maths means that we focus on developing young people’s enquiry skills. We inspire students to be curious about the world around them, to ask searching questions and to wonder …..’how does that happen?’ In lessons, across the curriculum, students are given opportunities to solve problems for themselves and to find out how amazing they are…how capable they are.
The Green Team are rightly proud of the way in which they have raised the awareness of environmental issues and their successes include a major campaign on recycling which influenced Transform Schools and Bassetlaw Council to change the way in which our rubbish was collected from the school site.
We provide a wide range of activities for the children in our feeder schools….everything from forensic science investigations to workshops on the Art of Being Brilliant!
The Elizabethan Academy Trust is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee, registered in England with Company Number 7964360 and has a registered office at Hallcroft Road, Retford, Notts. DN22 7PY