Kearsley Academy

Preparing for the future

OFSTED report - March 2019

20th Mar 2019

OFSTED report - March 2019

Dear Parent/Carer,

You will have recently received a letter informing you that Mrs McKee is now the Acting Principal at Kearsley Academy. I have been supporting Mrs McKee since October 2018 and I am now delighted to be able to write to you as the Associate Executive Principal. I will be spending more time at Kearsley Academy as Miss Nolan will be working in other Trust academies.

You will be aware that we were inspected by Ofsted earlier this half term and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support with this process.

We are delighted that Ofsted have recognised that with the support of Northern Education Trust there has been significant improvements at Kearsley Academy since the last inspection. This is because the strength of leadership within the school, combined with strong support from the trust, is demonstrating that there is evidence that the direction of travel towards sustainable school improvement is now firmly established. Whilst inspectors judged that the academy 'requires improvement'overall, there are many positive comments included in the report. Ofsted recognised that 'since the previous inspection, there has been a root-and-branch review of the curriculum in order to improve outcomes rapidly. As a result, a much broader suite of subjects is offered. Last academic year, all pupils went on to further education, employment or training'. Ofsted acknowledge that 'shortly after the previous inspection in 2015, standards began to fall and in 2017 results were amongst the lowest in the country.Since then the trust has taken decisive action to raise standards rapidly'. These actions resulted in significantly improved student outcomes last summer with Kearsley Academy being rated as one of the most improved schools nationally.

The report goes on to state that 'there are key strengths in middle and senior leadership'. We are particularly proud that 'pupils say that their school has improved significantly since the previous inspection'and that 'Inspectors observed effective relationships between staff and pupils. In many lessons there were strong relationships, mutual respect and, in the best ones, much praise, many rewards and good humour'.

We recognise that in our journey to outstanding there is still much work to be done. Whilst the quality of teaching, particularly in English and maths 'leads to positive outcomes', the pace of improvement in other subjects such as science and humanities has not been as rapid. We are confident that outcomes in these subjects will improve quickly given the firm plans already in place to address this as a result of the curriculum review. The suggestions made by Ofsted for further improvement are welcomed and Mrs McKee and I will ensure that our team continues to strive for the very best educational provision for the students in our care.

As ever, we would be happy to discuss the contents of the report with parents should anyone wish to make an appointment. It is important to us that you feel that an effective conduit exists between the academy and as the Associate Executive Principal, I would encourage you to get in contact with us so that we can discuss any issues that may be important to you.

Yours sincerely,

Dean Buckley


Associate Executive Principal


Please click below to read the full OFSTED report from our Section 5 inspection on 26th and 27th February 2019

OFSTED REPORT - March 2019