Trust ‘delighted’ after academy’s rated ‘good’

Education
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Hollington Primary Academy has maintained its ‘good’ Ofsted rating following a short inspection last month.

The school was visited by inspectors on April 27 and in a report published on May 17, the leadership team were said to have maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last visit.

The inspector said: “The executive principal provides inspirational leadership and wants to achieve the very best for the pupils and community that the school serves.

“A strong team ethic among senior leaders gives a consistent message about high expectations and overcoming barriers to learning.”

The report also recognises the achievements of the academy’s leaders and staff in improving the outcomes of children from all backgrounds. “You recognise that pupils can only learn well and ‘think big’ about their future aspirations by being in school every day. In an area of significant disadvantage, you are effective in leading a school that offers pupils the opportunity to broaden their horizons and understand more about the world in which they live,” it said.

The inspector said: “When we visited classrooms we observed well-behaved pupils who were engaged in and enjoying their learning... Pupils certainly take pride in their school and their work.”

In relation to the leadership of the trust, the report states: “Your governors are glad they chose to join the Hastings Academies Trust. They can see the benefits that the link with the University of Brighton has brought to the school, for example in the teaching of mathematics and phonics.”

Dr John Smith, chief executive of the Hastings Academies Trust, said: “This report illustrates everything the Hastings Academies Trust aims to achieve – inspiring leadership, great teaching and learning and a strong commitment to the local community. I am delighted that the report recognises the hard work of the academy’s leaders, staff and pupils in this way.”

Principal Julie Reece said: “I am very proud of all of the teachers and pupils in the academy who work so hard every day to achieve their best and ‘think big’.”

John Smith, executive principal, added: “We enjoyed the opportunity to share our work with our colleagues at Ofsted and I am pleased the improvements we have made celebrated so positively; we are already addressing the small number of recommended ‘next steps’ in the report.”

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