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Academy Contact Details
Bluecoat Beechdale Academy
Harvey Road, Bilborough, Nottingham, NG8 3GP (for Sat Nav purposes please use: NG8 3BB)
0115 913 5211
Enquiries Contact Name
Talor Fountain (Office Manager)
Name of Principal
Mr Carl Elder
Name of Vice Principal
Mrs Matilde Warden
Name of SENCO
Mr Alex Taylor
The Academy will consider all applications for places.
Students, who have a statement of special educational need or Education, Health and Care plan, naming Bluecoat Beechdale Academy, will be admitted first. This will reduce the number of places available for other applicants.
After the admission of applicants with statements of special educational need or Education, Health and Care Plan where the Academy is named on the statement or Plan, the criteria will be applied in the order in which they are set out below.
- Children in public care and previously looked after children;
- Places will then be offered to applicants who have a sibling who will be attending the Academy at the time of the applicant’s admission.
- Remaining places will then be allocated to other applicants who live the shortest distance from their residence to the main entrance of Bluecoat Beechdale Academy at the closing date for applications. Distance will be measured in a straight line from the main entrance door to the child’s home to the main reception entrance door to Bluecoat Beechdale Academy.
In the event that such a measure is identical to the nearest metre for two or more children and there are insufficient places available for both or all of them, the remaining place/s will be awarded by random allocation using lots drawn by a person independent of the Academy.
Please see our Behaviour Policy for our exclusion arrangements:
‘This is a GOOD school’ – Ofsted 2017
Less than three years after being sponsored by Bluecoat Academies Trust, Bluecoat Beechdale has received a ‘good’ grading in its recent Ofsted report. This is a radical change from the last Ofsted inspection which the school, formally known as Hadden Park High School received in November 2013. The report described the school as inadequate and in need of special measures. Weaknesses in the school ranged from outcomes, teaching and learning to leadership and management. This is in stark contrast with the good judgments received for teaching and learning, leadership, outcomes and overall effectiveness in February 2017.
Here are some quotes made by Ofsted:
- Leaders and governors are passionate about ensuring that pupils receive the best possible standard of education.
- Teachers have strong subject knowledge. Effective explanations and skilful questioning promote good learning.
- All adults in the school work as a team to ensure the well-being of pupils at risk of harm.
- The school supports pupils’ emotional needs well, and most now believe that they can succeed.
- Relationships between staff and pupils are very positive and support good learning.
To read the full report from our visit in February please click here: Ofsted Report
To read the letter sent out to parents from Mr Elder click here: Letter to Parents
To read the school Press Release click here: Press Release
The first Ofsted inspection of Bluecoat Beechdale Academy took place in February 2017. We achieved a Good rating. Ofsted state that:
- The Principal has been very successful in improving the quality of education that the school provides since his arrival in September, 2015. The Executive Principal has provided very effective support to the school.
- Leaders and governors are passionate about ensuring that pupils receive the best possible standard of education. They give high priority to ensuring that pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities get the opportunities that they should.
- Teachers have strong subject knowledge. Effective explanations and skillful questioning promote good learning.
- Middle leaders play a key role in ensuring that pupils make good progress. Previously underachieving groups, such as middle-ability students, are now catching up with others.
Click here to read the OFSTED report February 2017
Bluecoat Beechdale Academy is proud of the improvement in examination results. Staff work together to ensure that students feel supported in their learning and maximise their progress.
|Progress 8 score||-1.03||-0.33|
|Attainment 8 score||30.3||41.4|
|% of pupils who got a good pass in English & Maths||26%||26%|
|% of pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate||4%||6%|
|% of students who continue in education or training, or move on to employment at the end of 16 to 19 study||Data not available until Summer 2017||Data not available until Summer 2018|
You can access our Academy performance tables on the Department for Education website here.
Parents and other members of the public can find out more about the curriculum we offer by visiting our ‘Curriculum’ page under the ‘Learning’ tab which indicates its underlying philosophies and, moreover, models the structure by year group. However, a very brief summary of the structure can also be found here.
KS3 (Years 7 & 8)
The following subjects are studied in years 7 & 8. The number of 1 hour lessons per week are shown in brackets:
Physical Education (2)
Design & Technology (2)
Computer Science/ICT (1)
KS4 (Years 9, 10 & 11)
At Key Stage 4 students follow a core curriculum of:
English (Language and Literature), Mathematics, Science, an EBACC option (Geography, History or Modern Foreign Language), ICT and core PE.
Students then have a choice of 2 further options including:
A second EBACC option (Geography, History or Modern Foreign Language), Art & Design, Drama, Computer Science, Food Preparation and Nutrition, Music, Design & Technology, Sport, Hairdressing and Business Studies.
Name of curriculum lead:
Miss Rachael Frearson (Assistant Principal: Teaching and Learning)
Bluecoat Beechdale Academy is built around the three ideas of Belong, Believe and Achieve.
By deliberately helping students to embed this ethos in their character, we equip our students to take this mindset confidently into a successful future.
We encourage students to have self-belief so that they dare to set themselves ambitious goals for their education, career and life as a whole.
Through many things, such as our high standards in uniform, we demonstrate our pride at belonging to the Bluecoat Beechdale Academy community. Our students learn how to build positive relationships so that they will always have the interpersonal skills and confidence to feel comfortable wherever they choose to belong in their adult life. We acknowledge and reward our students for a whole range of achievements – from meeting learning goals, making progress in enrichment activities or demonstrating personal growth and development through improved attitudes to learning. By highlighting the successes our students earn, we believe we will make ‘achievement’ a lifelong habit for them to enjoy.
Our staff are role models of our ‘Belong, Believe, Achieve’ mantra. They live out our ethos every day through their unswerving commitment to our students and their determined approach to continue to learn and develop themselves as a team.
Having witnessed the rapid progress made at Beechdale, with the support of our Bluecoat sponsors, I have the utmost belief that Bluecoat Beechdale Academy is the ideal place for children to belong so that they may achieve their true potential.
Bluecoat Beechdale Academy
The amount of Pupil Premium funding that Bluecoat Beechdale Academy expects to receive for the current academic year 2016-17 is £328213. As an Academy we have a cohort of 413 students across Years 7 to 11 who benefit from Pupil Premium Funding.
The priorities for the Pupil Premium Funding we have received are:
- Narrowing the gap by addressing inequalities and raising the attainment of those students entitled to Pupil Premium Funding.
- Raising self-esteem and aspirations of students entitled to Pupil Premium Funding through pastoral support, enrichment and extra-curricular activities.
- Reducing inequalities and gaps in attainment between those students who are in receipt of free school meals (FSM) and their peers.
- Ensuring that wider opportunities are provided and participated in by all PP students across the academy.
- Continuing to improve the attendance of PP students so that they are in line with national averages
Evaluation of the 2015/16 Pupil Premium Funding
The impact of the expenditure (using September 2016 estimates) is as follows:
- Attendance for Pupil Premium students was 93.1% compared to the school average of 94.4%, an improvement of 2.9% over 2 years.
- The Attainment 8 score increased from 2.74 in 2015 to 4, an increase of 1.26 compared to an increase of 1.12 for non-pupil premium students.
- Overall Pupil Premium students achieved over 1 grade higher in their GCSE examinations compared to similar students the previous year.
- Over a two year period, from 2014, the Attainment 8 score for Pupil Premium students has increased by 54% compared to 38% for the non-Pupil Premium cohort.
- With the exception of one student, all other Pupil Premium students attended at least one enrichment activity.
Plans for the Academic Year 2016-17
Examples of support that the Academy plans to fund via the Pupil Premium Funding allocation include:
- A focus on core subjects, English and Mathematics, including the employment of Academic Coaches.
- A focus on literacy including continued employment of Literacy Coordinators, specialist intervention teaching assistants and the purchase of a Literacy Accelerated Reader package.
- Continued strengthening of the pastoral system with the continued employment of full time Year Leaders (non-teaching) to enhance the pastoral support for our students.
- Increased and improved systems for tracking progress and intervention for those pupils benefitting from pupil premium including CAT tests which return individual profiles for students, Digital Reading Age Tests and PASS (Pupils’ Attitudes to Self and School) surveys.
The governors and leadership team at Bluecoat Beechdale Academy will continue to monitor and review the impact of these measures to ensure that they represent value for money and continue to play a direct role in improving the achievements and quality of learning for students of all abilities. The academy recognises that by putting many of these interventions in place the benefit to students is beyond those that are being specifically funded and as such is committed to supporting the se interventions by adding to the funding received from the pupil premium from the Academy’s General Annual Fund.
In addition to the pupil premium funding received, Bluecoat Beechdale Academy also received £29000 in relation to year 7 catch Up funding in 2015-16 which has been used to target literacy support as detailed in the table below:
|Intervention Strategy||Planned 2016/2017||Actual 2015/16|
|Focus Provision Curriculum diet||£16849||£7528|
|Digital Reading Age||£902||£946|
|Numeracy Catch Up||£965||£3866|
|Literacy Catch up||£3801||£4831|
|Year 7 Activity Days||£1275||£3760|
|Year 7 Transition programme||-||£2731|
Information regarding the Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up will be available shortly. In the meantime, please contact the Academy if you have any queries regarding this.
Details for the Governance of Bluecoat Academies Trust can be accessed by clicking the link here. This will detail things like our: annual accounts; business and pecuniary interests; governance arrangements; Trust annual report; memorandum and articles of association; membership; and funding agreement.
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