We've analysed all the local government data to bring you the rundown on your local secondary schools.
Here Walsall Academy, Lichfield Road, Bloxwich, Walsall, WS3 3LX, is put into focus to show its scores in relation to other schools in the area.
You can also see how it compares against other schools across England.
Data is available on pupils' attainment, average grades, the quality of the teaching and when the school was last inspected.
The teacher to pupil ratio is also a good indication of the focus your child will get. Plus we can show how many full-time teachers there are at the school.
|Address||Lichfield Road, Bloxwich, Walsall, WS3 3LX|
|Telephone number||0192 2493910|
The open date and status above indicates when Walsall Academy opened or when it changed to its most recent incarnation, with a number of schools converting to academies in recent years. Where schools have changed type recently, data for previous years covering their previous incarnation is included below as well.
What type of school is Walsall Academy and what are the admission criteria?
|Type||Academy Sponsor Led Mainstream|
|Age Range||11 to 18|
|Religion||Does not apply|
How many children have been on the school roll in recent years?
Pupil characteristics - what percentage of pupils are in different groups and how does this compare to the national average?
|Pupils||Pupils - School||Pupils - National|
|% English not as first language||4.3||16.1|
|% Free School Meals||11.2||14.4|
|% SEN Statement / EHC||0.4||4.3|
How do we rate this school?
|Rating||2018 Rating||2017 Rating|
|England Rank||868 (out of 3,031)||1186 (out of 3,088)|
|Data missing||1 (out of 54)||-|
Our unique rating system takes into account a range of different indicators to evaluate a school's performance. The system tracks achievement, attendance, teaching, how well the school is preparing pupils for the future and whether it is improving.
Data may be missing for some indicators because it has not been published. This may be because the school is new or because it is very small so data has been suppressed to avoid identifying individual pupils. Schools do not lose points for missing data, so will still fare better in the ranking than schools that underperform on that indicator, but they cannot score as highly as schools that perform well on the indicator.
Schools that have opened in recent years and are yet to have pupils sit GCSEs are flagged as NEW, and are not scored on any of the indicators.
How Walsall Academy scores in terms of stars for each indicator.
|Star Ratings||Stars - 2018||Stars - 2017|
What Ofsted says about this school
Ofsted has given Walsall Academy an overall rating of Good.
If the table is blank, it means there are no recent inspections for this school. The inspection details are correct as of August 31, 2017.
As of September 2012, a score of 3 changed from indicating Satisfactory to Requires Improvement.
|Web Link||Read Report|
|Category of Concern|
How does Walsall Academy perform on each of the areas inspected by Ofsted? A blank table indicates no recent inspections and as of September 2012, a score of 3 changed from indicating Satisfactory to Requires Improvement.
|Outcomes for pupils||Good|
|Quality of teaching, learning and assessment||Good|
|Effectiveness of leadership and management||Outstanding|
|Personal development, behaviour and welfare|
How have pupils at Walsall Academy done in their GCSEs and how does it compare to Local Authority and national averages?
The government introduced the Attainment 8 measure in 2016. It measures pupil performance across maths, which is double weighted in the score, English, also double weighted, three qualifications included in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) and three other approved qualifications (GCSE or equivalent). The higher the average score the better pupils at the school are doing.
English and Maths GCSEs taken in 2017 were graded on the new system of 9-1 grades, where 5 is a strong pass, equivalent to a high C and 4 is a standard pass, where the bottom of the boundary aligns with the bottom of a previous grade C.
In 2017 the average Attainment 8 score per pupil at Walsall Academy was 48.3.
|English as an additional language||39.3||45.3||46.8|
The EBacc was introduced in 2010 and the government announced in 2015 its intention that all pupils should take it from 2020 onwards. The Ebacc is made up of English, Maths, History or Geography, Sciences, and a language. To achieve it, pupils must get a 9 to 4 grade in English and Maths and a C grade or above in the other subjects.
In 2017, 86% of pupils at Walsall Academy had entries in all EBacc subject areas and 31% achieved the EBacc, with a standard pass in English and Maths, while 28% achieved it with a strong pass in those subjects.
In 2017, the most recent results available, 61% of pupils at Walsall Academy gained at least 5 A* to C or 9-4 grade GCSES including English and Maths at 9 to 4. Nationally 61.3% of pupils achieved this.
How does Walsall Academy do when it comes to GCSE results in just English and Maths and what percentage of pupils pass those at A* to C or 9 to 4 grades?
The Progress 8 measure was also introduced by the Government in 2016. It is calculated for each pupil by comparing their Attainment 8 score to the scores of all pupils nationally with similar prior achievement at the end of primary school. The school's Progress 8 score is the average of all those scores.
A score of 0 means pupils have made similar progress during secondary school to similar pupils across England. Above 0 means more progress and below 0 means less progress. Below 0 doesn't mean pupils have made no progress or negative progress, just less progress than comparable pupils.
How have pupils at Walsall Academy done in terms of their Progress 8 score for each element?
What were the Progress 8 scores for different groups of pupils at Walsall Academy?
Also were these scores significantly above or below the national average (set at 0)?
|Disadvantaged||-0.52||Significantly below average|
|English as an additional language||0.3|
What is the pupil:teacher ratio at Walsall Academy and how does it compare to the national average?
How many teachers are there and what is the average wage?
|No. of Teachers (FTE)||91.6|
|No. of Teaching Assistants (FTE)||9|
|Average Teacher Salary (GBP)||37,616|
|Average Teacher Salary (GBP) - National||39,483|
Figures below show what proportion of the half day sessions were missed by pupils and how this compares to the local and national averages.
In 2016/17, the most recent full school year, 3.4% of half day sessions were missed. Nationally, secondary school pupils missed 5.4% of sessions.
Figures below show what proportion of the half day sessions were missed by pupils and counted as an unauthorised absence and how this compares to the local and national averages.
What proportion of pupils are classed as persistent absentees (missing 10% or more of all sessions)?
Figures below show what proportion of the pupils, who left school in recent years, continued in education for longer than the first term.
Nationally, 94% of pupils stayed on in education or went into employment or training.
There is also data on the proportion who stayed in education.
|Year for outcome||% education||LA - % education||National - % education|
Figures below show the proportion of young people who dropped out of education, training or work within 3 months.
|Year for outcome||% not sustained||LA - % not sustained||National - % not sustained|
While finances are not included in our calculation of how good schools are, many schools publish information about how much they are spending on pupils' education.
What is the total school spend per pupil Walsall Academy compared to the local and national average? (school is in blue)
How much does Walsall Academy spend per pupil on teachers and educational support staff and how does this compare to the average spending across the Local Authority?
What percentage of the school's budget is spent on supply staff?