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Ofsted report for January 2017

22 February 2017

Dear Parents/Carers

Ofsted visited the Academy for a Short Inspection on 10 January 2017. We have now received the formal report and I would urge you to visit the website and read the Inspectors’ findings in detail.

As we were judged Good at the last inspection, this Section 8 inspection had to establish whether the school remains Good. I am delighted to say that the inspection team agreed that we have maintained the high standard that was seen in 2013 and tackled the two areas that we were asked to improve:

• consistency within teaching and, in doing so, improving the progress of pupils
• improve pupils’ attendance.

According to the inspectors ‘staff have addressed both issues successfully’.

As an all-through Academy, there is only one judgement and report for the whole institution, even though we are made up of two schools- the Primary School and the Secondary School. As such it was especially pleasing for the Secondary School that there are no secondary school-specific areas for improvement in the report. Furthermore, statements such as ‘In the secondary school, pupils do well across all years and subjects’ and ‘teaching is well organised and effective. It is at its very best in the upper primary and secondary’ are hugely rewarding for the staff and, I hope very pleasing for you as parents.

Our excellent standards of behaviour were also praised across both schools: ‘Pupils behave safely and very well without needing excessive supervision. They are friendly, thoughtful and considerate to each other. They are happy to talk about their learning, and recognise that the school is doing its very best to help them do well. They wear their uniforms smartly. Bullying and other serious misbehaviour is rare.’ I am delighted that the team recognised this area of our work as it is something I am proud of our pupils for achieving every day.

I am pleased that the inspectors found that ‘senior leaders are very purposeful; they lead the school successfully and with great tenacity… staff morale is very high.’

Representatives of the Governing Body also met the inspectors.  Our Chair Andrew Caspari said: ‘The Governors are delighted that the school has been given such a positive report which recognises the excellent work of all the staff and the way staff, pupils and parents work together to make this a school of which we can all be immensely proud.  Everyone involved in the Academy presented the school with aplomb on the day and we are very grateful for the efforts of all who made the inspection a success.’

In addition to one primary school-specific area for further improvement, the inspectors have asked the whole Academy to consider how we can tackle the national trend of boys doing less well than girls.

The Academy benefits enormously from having such supportive parents and motivated pupils. Thank you for all your support both during the inspection and, most importantly, day in day out as we work together to develop happy successful children.

Yours sincerely

Ms V Linsley
Headteacher