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You can read our OFSTED report for May 2015 here.
Kearsley Academy is a Good school, on a journey to Outstanding!
The Ofsted inspection which took place at Kearsley Academy on 6-7 May has resulted in an overall judgement of "good" in every category with "the school's work to keep students safe and secure as "outstanding" and of the "highest standard".
The report reflects the fantastic vision for the Academy and its journey of continuing improvement and excellence. An ambitious vision has created a culture of success with progress in achievement, rapidly improving teaching and high expectations.
The report states how "Attainment and progress, overall, have been on an upward trend with most students making good progress, including in English and mathematics and most able students receiving increasing challenge to achieve the highest GCSE grades. The closing of performance gaps between different groups of students is a very strong strand in the academy's work."
Throughout the report there is consistent reflection on the academy's growth and "unified" views of stakeholders. "Parents and staff are confident that the academy is rapidly improving" and that > "parents are unequivocal in speaking of rapidly improving standards in all work of the academy. Applications for Year 7 places are now three times higher than in the academy's predecessor school".
Staff are "exceptionally unified in working towards shared goals", with students speaking of "the academy community as a family". Governance is also good, with Governors having the skills to closely monitor and "challenge" the key performance information.
Kearsley Academy Sixth Form is also judged as "Good" with "meticulously collated" information about student progress and good achievement. Again, teaching and "effective tuition" is paramount to learning and achievement, with students "eager to learn", participating with "maturity and debating actively with their teachers". The report also comments on the "increasingly rapid" numbers of students obtaining university places.
Since the last inspection in May 2013, a new principal, Suzanne Pountain, has been appointed. Ofsted report how the "Principal leads a committed team who are driving rapid improvement in the academy" and noted that the clear and ambitious vision for improvement "has been communicated very skilfully".
Miss Pountain is absolutely delighted by this resoundingly positive Ofsted report and believes it is testimony to the dedication, energy and passion of her teaching staff as well as the "wholehearted support" that she has received in her new role from sponsor, the Northern Education Trust. Commenting on the report, she said:
"This is a marvellous report! It is difficult to highlight specific areas as it all reads so well. What it clearly shows is that all areas of the Academy are working towards a shared vision of success to enable all students, irrespective of age, ability or background, to achieve their full potential academically and socially. Teaching and learning is at the heart of what we do and Ofsted have noted the vision has strongly motivated members of staff with an increasingly well understood culture of sharing best practice. I am so proud of all our stakeholders and we couldn't be more pleased as it reflects how we operate on a "day to day" basis. Our learning motto is "Team Kearsley, working hard, every minute every lesson, every day, everyone" and this really stands out throughout the report. We are well on our way to being an outstanding school!
Ian Kershaw, chief executive of the Northern Education Trust, was thrilled with the judgement. He added:
"As a Trust, raising attainment is given the highest priority because this is central to improving the life chances of our young people and giving them choices in the future. I think that this hugely positive Ofsted judgment shows that our uncompromising attitude towards the quality of teaching, the leadership and management of our schools, the behaviour and safety of students and the level of support we can provide to ensure they do their best, are really beginning to make an impact. Suzanne and her team, as well as the governing body, have made some impressive progress here and it gives me great pleasure to witness it the more so because Kearsley Academy was the first of the 20 academies the Northern Education Trust now sponsors so this is a result to celebrate."
You can read our OFSTED report for May 2013 here.