The Academy was inspected by Ofsted on 28th and 29th March 2017. The inspection team recognised many strengths and improvements made since the last inspection but overall they judged the academy to Require Improvement.
We were pleased that inspectors have recognised that pupils are now making much better progress than has been the case up to and including 2016 and that we are prioritising the progress of younger pupils and not just those in Year 11. The quality of teaching in English, history, geography and PE has improved significantly and is now judged to be good, resulting in pupils making good progress. The report clearly states that the climate for learning at the academy is a strength and that this, along with raised expectations, shows that we have the capacity to improve the academy further. Other key strengths reported by the inspectors were the work that we do to develop pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education and that our pupils are well cared for and know how to keep themselves safe. The provision and support for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities has been judged to be good and inspectors praised the high quality support that is provided by our highly committed professionals.
At the time of the last inspection, the development of pupils’ literacy skills and the work of our middle leaders (Heads of Faculty etc.) were identified as key areas for improvement. The latest report clearly states that the teaching of literacy across the curriculum is much improvedand that this is now starting to pay-off. Equally, middle leadership is now judged to be much more effective in its impact on teaching and achievement and that these leaders bring an exciting energy to school improvement and have a growing capacity to ensure that we continue to improve further.
The inspection report clearly identifies further areas now that we need to improve upon and we have already set about tackling these key areas of our work. Whilst we constantly strive to improve the quality and consistency of our teaching, we will be placing a renewed emphasis on the challenge that we provide for our most able pupils so that they are appropriately challenged to achieve well. We also recognise that there is more to do to ensure that pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds achieve good outcomes. We know that absence from school is a significant barrier to pupils’ progress and will be working hard with families to ensure that attendance continues to improve.
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Finally, I would like to thank all parents and carers for your continued support of the academy. The partnership between the academy and home cannot be underestimated and you can support us in our continued improvement drive by making sure that your child attends school every day on time, properly equipped and prepared for learning. We have very high expectations of pupils’ behaviour and work rate and we know that this is most effective when it is supported from the home. I can assure you that the dedicated team here at the academy will do everything that they can to ensure your child’s success and look forward to working in partnership with you over the next year.
Mr Brown Principal