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Nottingham Girls' Academy

Nottingham Girls' Academy

<p>The Nottingham Girls’ Academy opened on 1 September 2011. The Academy provides 11-19 education for up to 900 pupils; 750 11-16 and 150 post-16. The Academy currently has 500 pupils on roll.  The predecessor school was 11-16 and so a new post-16 provision is now in place.</p>
<p>The Nottingham Girls’ Academy is the only state funded girls’ school in Nottingham. The Academy serves as wide an area as possible, seeking to enrol pupils from both the City and the County. Our vision is to deliver first class education for girls in a happy and secure environment so all girls can reach their full potential with no limit on what they can achieve.</p>
<p>Priority for admission is based on the proximity of a pupil’s home to the Academy; those living closest will have the best chance of a place. There will be no selection by ability, although from the start of year 7 pupils are set by ability to give them the greatest chance of success.</p>
<p>The Academy is sponsored by the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust (GDFT) which was formed from the Governing Body of the ‘outstanding’ Greenwood Dale School. Despite serving an area of significant disadvantage in Nottingham, Greenwood Dale School achieved, on average, the highest CVA scores nationally, year on year. The Trust already sponsors the Nottingham Academy, the Skegness Academy and the Weston Favell Academy, with plans to sponsor more Academies in the future.</p>
<p>The Chief Executive of the Trust, Barry Day was awarded the OBE in 2007 for his services to education, was the East Midlands Headteacher of the Year in 2006 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Nottingham Trent University in 2008. He is also a National Leader of Education. Mr Day has oversight of the Nottingham Girls’ Academy supporting the Principal in ensuring the very best educational achievement for the pupils. In addition, the Trust provides support from a team of professionals who are experienced in school improvement as well as support for resource development, finance, procurement, data, HR, catering, health and safety, extended opportunities and ICT.</p>
<p>The predecessor school, Manning School for Girls, was a National Challenge school which although it had made progress in recent years was still not providing the quality of education the community deserved. In 2011 Manning reported 38% 5A*-C including English and mathematics, the same as in 2010 and 80% 5A*-C.  The GDFT believes that, with their support and the leadership from the new Principal, achievement will rise year on year.</p>
<p>The Academy itself serves a very deprived urban area. There are frequent changes to families living in the area and this produces continual turbulence in the school roll.  The pupil intake rank is in the bottom 7% nationally in terms of deprivation levels associated with their residence and the pupils are in the bottom quartile in terms of prior attainment at KS2. Approximately 40% of pupils are in receipt of free school meals and a large number of pupils join or leave the school other than at the start or end of the academic year.</p>
<p>The Sponsor has secured £9.7m funding for new and refurbished buildings which will provide a high quality learning environment for our pupils.</p>
<p> Priorities</p>
<p>The Academy has high expectations of both staff and pupils and a focus on high standards in all areas of Academy life. We have a new smart uniform which the pupils are able to wear with pride around the Academy and in the local area.  As a year 10 pupil said, “we are able to hold our heads up high when we walk down the road and be proud of where we go to school.”</p>
<p>We expect excellent behaviour and a consistent approach from staff. We have introduced sets to support pupils achieving well and reorganised our support staff to be focused directly on pupil achievement. We have introduced a new curriculum across the Academy supporting pupils in high standards of attainment whilst recognising the importance of extra-curricular activities and enrichment.</p>
<p>We have introduced a year 7 base to support pupils on the transition from primary to secondary school with a specialist team of staff leading on this area of the Academy.</p>
<p>Some refurbishment of the predecessor school buildings took place over the summer and plans are being developed for our new and refurbished buildings.</p>
<p>Our key priorities are to: -</p>
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  • raise pupil achievement

  • improve teaching and learning

  • strengthen leadership and management at all levels

  • set up systems and structures to support sustainable improvement

  • </ul>

    Awards

    School achievement award from the DfES
    School achievement award from the DfES

    Academy Details

    Nottingham Girls' Academy

    Robins Wood Road

    Aspley

    Nottingham

    Nottinghamshire

    NG8 3LD

    Nottingham Girls' Academy

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