St Leonards Academy maintains ‘good’ rating after Ofsted inspection

St Leonards Academy. Photo courtesy of Southern News and Pictures. SUS-170603-131253001
St Leonards Academy. Photo courtesy of Southern News and Pictures. SUS-170603-131253001

St Leonards Academy’s ‘good’ rating has been upheld by Ofsted following a short inspection on January 25.

Under new arrangements introduced in September 2015, schools judged ‘good’ or better at their previous inspection receive a short one-day visit to ensure the school’s overall effectiveness remains high.

Following the academy’s ‘good’ rating in 2013, Ofsted carried out a one-day inspection, and found St Leonards Academy to be maintaining its standards.

Inspectors praised the academy’s leadership, stating: “As a team you challenge subject leaders to improve pupils’ outcomes. You keep pupils safe. You are highly ambitious for every pupil and want each pupil to succeed.”

The report, published on March 3, noted there are “strong, positive, working relationships between staff and pupils”. It said parents, pupils and staff refer to the school’s strong sense of community and that teachers know their pupils’ individual needs and use assessment information effectively to plan and challenge pupils.

Principal Kay Tinsley said: “I am delighted the hard work of our students and staff has been recognised once again by Ofsted. Inspectors acknowledged and commended our plans for further improvement and we are already addressing the small number of suggested next steps in the report.”

Dr John Smith, interim chief executive, said: “We are extremely proud of the St Leonards Academy and the achievements of its staff and students. This excellent Ofsted outcome recognises the academy’s journey to outstanding status, as does the Department for Education’s secondary school league table, which places the academy in the top seven per cent of all secondary schools in the country for the progress achieved by students.”

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