Principal: Andy Landers
Ofsted: Inspected June 2019
Overall effectiveness: Requires Improvement
Pegasus is located just outside central Dudley at the intersection of several major roads and bus routes. It is the smallest secondary academy in the Trust with some 600 learners on roll. Since the creation of the Trust, a large number of new senior staff have been appointed. There has been an extensive programme of refurbishment, which continues.
An interim inspection by Ofsted took place in September 2018 and reported that Pegasus Academy had improved GCSE results, improved attendance, improved behaviour and improved progress in every year group throughout the academy.
In July 2019, Ofsted reported that Pegasus Academy was no longer 'Inadequate'. The inspectors said: “The principal and senior leaders have implemented a clear vision with drive and energy. They have made a determined effort to tackle the areas judged inadequate at the last inspection.” Commenting on the support the academy had received through its membership of Dudley Academies Trust, Ofsted said, “The DAT provides effective support for the school. It has targeted financial and human resources well to meet the needs of this improving school.”
GCSE Results in 2019 showed an improvement in both attainment and progress. Attainment particularly improved in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science.
Like St James, Pegasus operates a special Year 7 programme, Literacy for Life. Literacy for Life is run by a small team of teachers who get to know the learners individually and understand how to help them progress; it teaches skills that learners can use across all of the different subjects for many years to come, and it gives children an enthusiasm for learning by teaching a series of interesting topics in an exciting way.
Nearly half of Pegasus learners are eligible for free school meals and over 20% have English as an additional language. The school offers a caring community where meeting the needs of the most vulnerable young people is at the forefront of its pastoral care provision.
Attendance is averaging 93.4%.