Following an inspection that took place on 4 April 2017, Ofsted has judged the overall effectiveness of the Stanground Academy, sponsored by the Greenwood Academies Trust (GAT), to be “good”.
Ofsted carried out a short (one day) inspection as the Academy was judged ‘good’ when it was last inspected in February 2014.
Inspectors met with senior leaders, representatives from the GAT, teaching staff and parents. They also visited lessons where they talked to pupils and examined their work. The inspectors concluded that the leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the Academy since the last inspection.
The report praises the senior leadership team at the Academy as well as the support and challenge from the Trust.
The inspectors found that despite pupils entering the Academy with levels of prior attainment which are significantly below the national average, they leave the Academy broadly in line with the national average which indicates that they make good progress overall.
The inspectors looked at how well the academy promotes well-being and safety and concluded that “safeguarding and the well-being of pupils is clearly a priority for the school” and that “pupils are taught very well about how to keep themselves safe”. Parents will be particularly keen to read that “pupils believe that members of staff listen to their concerns and will act on them”.
The inspectors also explored some issues in relation to examination results last year and were satisfied that the Academy has taken the appropriate actions to ensure that pupils in Year 11 are in line with their targets for progress.
The inspectors also took the opportunity to speak with students in the sixth form who were full of praise for their teachers and told the inspector that the support they receive in preparing for the next stage of their educational career is “amazing”.
James Scarrott, Principal, said: “I am pleased that Ofsted agreed with the judgements of senior leaders and found that the Stanground Academy has maintained its ‘good’ rating. I would like to thank staff at the Academy, who are committed and enthusiastic, as well as our pupils and their families who have supported us to maintain our high standards over the last three years.
“I feel confident that we are well prepared to continue to move forward and become an ‘outstanding’ Academy in the future.”