Ofsted Reports

Full Inspection May 2016.

Following the full Academy inspection we are pleased that we have improved two thirds of the school to a strong GOOD grade. They have judged the secondary section of the school to be requiring improvement which they define as “a school that is not yet a good school, but it is not inadequate.”

Rates of progress are improving, especially in the important areas of English and Maths, and the achievements of pupils currently in school indicates that actions taken by staff are having a positive impact.

We are happy that Ofsted recognise the improvements we have made in the quality of teaching, and proud of the judgement that the work on personal development and welfare is good. We are equally proud of their confirmation that pupils behave well in lessons and around school.

The historic results of the school limit the available judgements, which is why we feel that the further progress and improvement Ofsted have recognised are important to demonstrate our journey, both present and future. The report reflects our own judgements and will help form part of our overall plan for further improvements.

You can read the Ofsted report by clicking here, or by visting the Ofsted Website here.

 

Ofsted Monitoring Inspection - June 2017

You may be aware that the Academy was recently visited by Ofsted to make a monitoring inspection.

We recognise that the Academy has not made the necessary improvements required since opening to be recognised as "Good", but  we are pleased that the report recognises that progress is being made and that "Since January 2017, a significant number of changes have taken place, which has steered the school onto a new course." We are now moving forward at a greater pace, making the necessary changes in teaching, leadership and governance and using the external support secured post-Christmas to enable better outcomes for students. Ofsted also recognise that "the primary phase of the school remains a strength". The sixth form continues to be judged as good.

The report also states that "the school is working closely with a teaching school with which it hopes to establish a MAT" and that "a national leader of education (NLE) is in school for two days per week". This is a reference to the proposed Bishop Fraser Trust and St James's C of E High School headteacher, Tania Lewyckyj, who will be the lead for the proposed MAT. We anticipate the Trust to become a reality for the new school year. Alongside the appointment of our new head teacher, Mrs Rachael Lucas, the pace of change will accelerate with the formation of the MAT and the ability to consolidate the long term decisions required for the transformation of the school.

The focus of our work so far this year has been behaviour, attendance and the quality of assessment and teaching.  We are pleased that the first two are recognised in the report and the advice given in the report has further galvanised our efforts to increase the pace of learning through accurate assessment and challenging teaching. We have a 7 week action plan in place to accelerate the progress of students this half term, fully supported by our future partners in the proposed MAT. In addition, we are currently in the process of planning a rigorous school improvement plan for September to ensure rapid progress. Our staff are fully on board with this drive to improve educational standards.

You can download the full report here or by visiting the Ofsted website here https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/135981%20