Colchester Academy has been judged to be making good progress to becoming a ‘Good’ school in its recent Ofsted monitoring visit.
Ofsted concluded that our school’s senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement identified at the last section 5 inspection. Actions completed by the school since Ofsted’s last visit include the appointment of three members of staff; an additional Assistant Principal who is responsible for key stage 4 standards, an assistant head of faculty for English, and a literacy coordinator. Our students, particularly girls, are now making better progress in English. This has come about in part due to teachers matching work better to individual student needs and raising teacher expectations of what can be achieved.
We have put a number of strategies in place to encourage and enable our most-able students to excel, including links with university undergraduates and visits to Cambridge University. The needs of our more disadvantaged students have been addressed with improvements in teaching quality and the use of pupil premium funding for staff training and additional teaching assistant support. We have also made improvements in how we manage teacher performance, with more comprehensive lesson observations and follow ups with senior members of staff. Consequently our quality of teaching has improved with more of it now classed as ‘Good’.
The school’s improvement plan was deemed to be suitably ambitious and addressed the areas of improvement identified by Ofsted at their last inspection. The report stated. “It is clear who is responsible for leading the improvement initiatives and what you aim to have achieved by the end of this academic year. You have evaluated the progress already made against the proposed actions, and a large proportion of these have already been achieved.”
Bright Tribe Director of School Improvement, Mary McKeeman commented, “Colchester Academy has and continues to improve at a tremendous pace, as a result of the entire academy community having the highest expectations of its learners and a relentless pursuit for becoming a truly outstanding. I am completely confident that the academy will be graded as at least good at the next Ofsted inspection.”