“Outstanding” Ofsted, September 2014

CAPA are delighted to announce that following their recent Ofsted visit that they have been judged to be “Outstanding.”
“Students achieve exceptionally well. Students make excellent progress from their starting points to achieve outcomes above the national average and have been increasing for the last three years. They are extremely well prepared for the next stage in work or education, and a number of them go onto to train or study at high-ranking performing arts institutions.

Teaching in the sixth form is outstanding. Teachers all have professional performing arts backgrounds, and use their impressive subject knowledge to challenge students to reach the highest standards. Expectations of what students can achieve are very high. Teachers assess students’ work very skilfully to ensure that they all have an accurate understanding of how well they are achieving and exactly what they need to do to improve. Students are provided with ample opportunities to improve their work and this contributes to their rapid and sustained progress.

Students’ attitudes to learning are outstanding. They take great pride in their work and in the academy, and are determined to achieve. They take up all the opportunities that are available to them with great enthusiasm and put on a range of high-quality performances throughout the year. They make excellent use of independent study time; often working collaboratively to help each other assess and improve their work.

Leadership is outstanding, ensuring that there is highly effective team work, with an unrelenting focus on ensuring students can all achieve their best. Students’ progress is tracked well and support is put in place swiftly where required.

As a result of excellent leadership and teaching, students achieve extremely well over time. They love learning and are exceptionally well prepared for their next stage in work or education.”