Following an inspection that took place on 24 and 25 June 2014, Ofsted has judged the overall effectiveness of the Skegness Junior Academy, sponsored by the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust (GDFT), to be “good”.
Inspectors scrutinised records and documentation, observed lessons and met with pupils, staff and parents to get their views.
The inspection is an independent assessment of the effectiveness of the Academy which includes:
- the achievement of pupils;
- the quality of teaching;
- the behaviour and safety of pupils; and
- the quality of leadership and management.
The Academy was judged to be ‘good’ across all four areas which is exceptional when you consider the Academy’s predecessor school was in Special Measures before the GDFT took over. Inspectors scrutinised records and documentation, observed lessons and met with pupils, staff and members of the GDFT.
Ofsted found that “pupils’ progress is accelerating and, as a result, standards are rising” and that “pupils of all abilities make good progress because they are well taught, enjoy learning and are eager to do well”.
They also made special mention of the significant improvement in attendance. Last year attendance was in the lowest 10 per cent of schools nationally but Ofsted were pleased to see that “pupils’ eagerness to learn is reflected in rising attendance levels” and that “the Academy has worked well with parents and carers to reduce unpunctuality”.
The leadership of Mr Darren Price, recently appointed as the permanent Principal at the Academy, is also praised in the report. The inspectors commented that “strong leadership from the Acting Principal, very ably supported by the Executive Principal (Mrs Emma Hadley), has galvanised the staff into a harmonious, committed team with a shared vision for the Academy’s improvement”. The inspectors were also complimentary about the wider staff team and noted that “teachers make learning challenging and interesting” and that “good support is provided by teaching assistants and other adults, who form a strong team with the teachers”.
Mr Price, Principal, said: “We have made outstanding progress since we joined the Trust in September 2012. When we were last inspected by Ofsted in February 2013, they found that we were ‘making reasonable progress’ and so we are delighted to now have achieved a ‘good’ rating across the board. Staff and pupils are rightfully proud of their achievements. I am delighted to have been appointed as the Principal and have ambitious plans to make the Academy an ‘outstanding’ school.”
Sir Barry Day, OBE, Chief Executive of the GDFT, said: “I am delighted with this very positive inspection report. My congratulations go to staff at the Academy, who are committed and enthusiastic, and I extend my thanks to Mr Price who has done an excellent job and fully deserves to be appointed as the Principal. I am also extremely grateful to parents for their on-going support.
This is yet another example of how the support and challenge our Trust provides can turn’ special measures ‘into’ good’ in under two years. The inspectors noted that the Trust “have high expectations for the success of the Academy and have had a very positive impact on its development”.