Ansford Academy is a smaller than average academy serving a large rural catchment area in East Somerset. We have 600 students aged between 11-16. Our students predominantly join us from our 7 feeder primary schools, however we do have a greater than average number who join us as mid-year transfers. The academy has a fully comprehensive intake with prior attainment broadly in line with the national average each year. Our school deprivation indicator score suggests that we serve an area of relative social advantage but closer inspection shows pockets of deep deprivation.
On average 18% of our students are eligible for free school meals, and upwards of 20% are supported by pupil premium funding. We have a very low number of students from minority ethnic groups and below average numbers of students with SEN support. Governors and staff share an absolute commitment to ensuring that all of our students, regardless of background or ability, achieve of their best.The academy is located on the edge of the beautiful market town of Castle Cary. This is a vibrant community that, whilst being pleasantly rural, has excellent transport links to Bath, Bristol, London and the rest of the West Country.
At Ansford we have high ambitions, not only for our own students but for all students in our local area and beyond. We are fully committed to working collaboratively to make sure our education system truly is self-improving. We have a shared understanding of what we want our students to be like by the time they leave us and have used this as a basis for all of the work we do.
At Key Stage 3 we have used the opportunities afforded by academy status to allow us to design a curriculum that means our students are able to have a wide range of experiences while developing the knowledge, skills and attributes that put them in the best possible position to be successful GCSE students. Our work at Key Stage 3 has been highly praised in the Ofsted publication Key Stage 3; The Wasted Years? which also highlights the strength of our partnership work with our feeder primaries.