We are delighted to share the excellent news with you that Ofsted rated our academy ‘Good’ in all areas during the inspection that took place on 24 & 25 January. This is a significant improvement on the academy’s previous inspections and is the best judgement in the academy’s history.
The report follows our impressive Key Stage 4 results which were also the best results the academy has ever recorded and placed us in the top 25 per cent of schools nationally for the amount of progress our students made.
Beyond the reports and results, it is also pleasing and reassuring to know that the confidence in the community has significantly improved since we took over the school in 2014. More parents are choosing the academy as their preferred secondary school for their children and, as a result, we will welcome the largest cohort for many years of Year 7s in September.
We are incredibly proud of the comments made by the inspectors about the whole school community and we would like to thank you all for your unwavering support to the academy and its successes. The Ofsted inspectors’ key points are summarised below:
- The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding.
- Leaders are committed to ensuring that pupils make good progress and exceed expectations.
- Strong leadership of teaching and learning and a comprehensive programme of training and development have ensured that teaching is now good.
- In 2016, the progress made by pupils in Year 11 from their starting points was above average.
- Pupils’ behaviour in lessons and around the school is good. Pupils are polite, courteous and respectful.
- Attendance has improved because of the determined work of staff and the tailored support offered to pupils.
- Procedures to safeguard pupils are robust. The school’s work to support pupils, especially vulnerable pupils, is outstanding.
- Pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities make good and sometimes outstanding progress in a range of subjects from their starting points. This is because of the very good support that they receive.
- The school considers that the top 20% of each year group are the most able pupils, regardless of their prior attainment. They are called ‘champions’ and are provided with a special programme of lessons and opportunities to ensure that they are challenged to achieve at the highest levels. Pupils, including most-able disadvantaged pupils, benefit from these opportunities and are making good progress.
- There are strong relationships between pupils and staff. Pupils know that there is always someone to talk to if they have a worry or concern.
- The trust and academy council have a relentless focus on school improvement.
- The principal provides highly effective leadership. He has created a culture of ambition and aspiration at the school and there is a relentless focus on school improvement.
You can read the Ofsted Inspection Report here.