Ofsted rates us ‘Good’ for our behaviour

The latest report by Ofsted said we have shown great determination to turn our academy around after it was placed into special measures last year and rated us as ‘Good’ in the behaviour category.

Principal, Fiona Pierson said: “More students want to come here which shows confidence in the school and if there was one thing I wanted to see improve it was behaviour, the students are a complete credit to the school and they want to see it improve.”

The report said students behaved very well in lessons, and inspectors found Ms Pierson to be a strong and inspiring leader.

She was only appointed Principal in April last year, after our academy sponsor, Bright Tribe took over.

The report said in a short period of time she has acted swiftly to raise standards and has identified the correct priorities for further improvements.

Ms Pierson said: “It’s pleasing to hear the words in the report but it isn’t all about me, my team are dedicated in reaching my extremely high expectations.

“When I came to post I had a short term plan to pull us out of special measures, which we have done a lot quicker than I thought, but my job is not done by any stretch, I still have a long way to go to get the school to where it deserves to be.”

There were still areas of the report that meant the school ‘Required Improvement’, including the effectiveness of leadership, quality of teaching and outcomes for students. However we have seen some fantastic highlights over the past year, particularly in the summer when we had a remarkable turnaround in GCSE results.

A total of 58 per cent of students achieved the five A*-C including English and maths benchmark this summer – a rise of 21 per cent on last year.