Ashcroft Technology Academy

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Ashcroft Technology Academy
Ashcroft Technology Academy blue shield.svg
Established 2007 (formerly ADT College, est. 1992)
Headmaster Marcus CJ Barker BEd(Hons), MEd, NPQH
Location 100 West Hill
London
SW15 2UT
England
Students 1120
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Colours Blue, grey and white
School Years 7 to 13
Sponsor Lord Michael Ashcroft
Contact No 020 8877 0357
Website Ashcroft Technology Academy

Ashcroft Technology Academy, formerly ADT College, is a state secondary school within the English academy programme in Wandsworth, London, England. It has a specialism in Technology. Its current headmaster is Mr Marcus Barker. The school has been awarded with the Charter Mark, Investors in People and the School Achievement Award. As of September 2006, organisations involved with the school include Cisco Systems, Sport England and the Arts Council of England.

Ashcroft Technology Academy is a secondary school for students aged 11–16 (academic years 7-11). The school also offers further education for students aged 16–18 (academic years 12 and 13) in their Sixth Form. The academy has undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment programme which was completed in Summer 2010. This included a purpose built sixth-form and an Autism Resource Centre.

The Academy is named after its sponsor, Lord Michael Ashcroft. It is a registered charity under the formal name Prospect Education (Technology) Trust Limited.[1]

Results[edit]

GCSE results: percentage of students achieving 5 or more grades A*-C (and equivalent) including English and Mathematics [2]

  • 2008 - 68%
  • 2009 - 70%
  • 2010 - 79%
  • 2011 - 71%
  • 2012 - 67%
  • 2013 - 68%

A-Level results: average points score per student

  • 2008 - 696
  • 2009 - 672
  • 2010 - 758
  • 2011 - 843
  • 2012 - 860

Admissions for Year 7[edit]

The school is oversubscribed; in 2010 there were 1,390 applications for the 210 places available.[citation needed]

The Sixth Form[edit]

Post-16 at Ashcroft provides students with a range of courses and teaching methods. The Sixth Form comprises Year 12 and 13 of around 150 students. Students need 7 A*-C in different subjects with a minimum of 4 B Grades at GCSE to progress onto Level 3 courses; however the International Baccalaureate students are required to have 8 A*-B Grades at GCSE.[citation needed]

History[edit]

ADT College was established in 1991 as a City Technology College, funded by donations from various organisations including ADT Security Services (whose owner at the time was Baron Michael Ashcroft), Unisys, British Gas and Young's (who sponsored the schools "music bunker"). In 2007, the school was converted into an academy and renamed Ashcroft Technology Academy after its main private benefactor. Preeceding this period the Building was the site of Mayfield School, an all-girl's comprehensive.

Ofsted Report[edit]

Ashcroft Technology Academy (ATA) received an outstanding report in a 2010 inspection from OfSTED, the official body for inspecting schools.[3]

Teacher's contracts controversy[edit]

In 2011, the Academy was criticised after it was revealed that teachers' contracts contained a clause forbidding them from taking industrial action, despite such a clause being legally unenforceable in the UK. This was in additional to union negotiation rights not being recognised by academy leaders or governors. As a result, teachers belonging to the National Union of Teachers did not take part in strikes in June 2011 due to disciplinary concerns. The contract was called "draconian" by the Times Educational Supplement. [4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ PROSPECT EDUCATION (TECHNOLOGY) TRUST LIMITED, Registered Charity no. 281159 at the Charity Commission
  2. ^ "2012 Performance Tables". Department for Education. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Ashcroft Academy Ofsted Report 2010 Ofsted Reports PDF
  4. ^ Kerra Maddens (30 September 2011). "No industrial action, no negotiations and no reply". Times Educational Supplement. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°27′22″N 0°12′29″W / 51.456°N 0.208°W / 51.456; -0.208