I am pleased to report that yet again the academy has achieved its best ever results in its history in the summer and data released yesterday puts the academy in the Top 25% of schools in the county. We are also now ranked 3rd in all the Moorlands schools.
As some parents may be aware the academy was inspected by Ofsted on the 25th and 26th of September to assess whether the academy is taking effective action towards the removal of Special Measures. I am pleased to report that the HMI Mr S Mosley, who led the inspection, believes we are still taking this effective action.
The inspectors looked at a number of different areas in the academy and noted the improvements which have been made over the last 5 months since the last inspection. They felt that leaders continue to use their detailed understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses to inform action to improve the academy.
The inspectors noted that “Pupils are proud of their school….pupils are courteous and their conduct has continued to improve during social time and in lessons”. “Teaching continues to improve and there is evidence of some strong practice in the school. Staff know the pupils well and use positive relationships to help pupils learn effectively. Pupils now have more positive attitudes to learning…As expectations are higher; pupils are taking more care in their presentation. Our new sixth form provision benefits “from good teaching within an improved curriculum, enrichment opportunities and strong safeguarding practices. This small provision meets the needs of the students who access it”.
There are many more positives we can take from this report, and with continued efforts to eradicate any inconsistencies we seek to ensure the school is at least “Good” at the time of our next Section 5 inspection. We will continue to ensure the excellent practice identified in the academy is shared to ensure consistency throughout the school and to improve the quality of teaching and learning. Whole school attendance needs to be at least at national levels as we move forward and the importance placed on this will continue, with no term time holidays being authorised and the issuing of fixed penalty notices for unauthorised holidays. Our target is for every students to have an attendance figure of 97%. For those students whose attendance does fall (especially below 90%), we use a team of Education Welfare Officers who can support and also prosecute parents of students with poor attendance.
A copy of our report can be found on our school website and a hard copy is available on request by emailing email@example.com. This report will appear on the Ofsted website on Monday 22nd October. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions or would like to attend one of our Parental Forum meetings when we can update parents with our next steps.
Mr Neil Jamieson Principal