After joining the academy last term as its Principal, I am very pleased to report that our inspection which took place on the 15th and 16th January by Ofsted has recognised the developing potential of this fantastic school. They were happy with the improvements and developments the new Leadership Team have put in to place this academic year, as we continue along our journey to becoming an outstanding school. Ofsted commented on the rigorous way the new team is identifying areas for improvement and that teaching is now improving. They recognised that some of the intervention programmes we have established especially in Year 7 and Year 11 have already shown a “marked success in raising achievement”.
We are proud of our students and I am extremely happy that Ofsted recognised that our “students show a pride in their academy” and “the conduct and behaviour of students around the academy is good” whilst students feel “safe and secure”. They commented on how courteous our students were and how they showed not only respect for the staff but for themselves too. It was highlighted that bullying was extremely rare and that the students feel well supported.
We are working with our teachers to raise expectations of our students even higher and to challenge further our most able. Ofsted have already recognised the recent improvements in teaching as the academy strives for every child to be the best they can be and the well-targeted programmes for accelerating the progress of many learners across the academy, have been successful in raising achievement.
The team clearly identified the good work the academy has done with disabled students and for those with special educational needs and that they receive a high degree of pastoral support. I am glad that our inclusive nature was recognised and that we are striving for every student to reach their full potential.
They identified the strengths in our Sixth Form College and the drive towards academic excellence. Students at the academy showed to the inspectors that they were proud of their college and that students in both Year 12 and Year 13 achieve above the national average in qualifications.
It is heartening to see that the improvements already made at the academy, in such a short time, have been recognised by Ofsted and they are clear that the academy is now on the right track towards becoming outstanding in all aspects. Again this reinforces to me all the hard work our staff, students and their families have done to make our school a learning community to be proud of.
Our report is now available below and should you require a hard copy, then please do not hesitate to contact us. Early next term I would like to invite all our Parents to a Parent Forum on Tuesday 3rd of March at 6:00pm in our Community Theatre to discuss our report and so that I can discuss with you how we intend to move forward to becoming an outstanding school.
Mr N Jamieson