Following an inspection that took place on 14 and 15 May 2015, Ofsted has judged the overall effectiveness of the Skegby Junior Academy 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 leadership and management of the Academy;
- The behaviour and safety of pupils;
- The quality of teaching; and
- The achievement of pupils.
The Academy was judged to be ‘good’ across all four areas. This is exceptional when you consider that the predecessor Danewood Junior School was judged as ‘Requires Improvement’ when it was last inspected.
Inspectors scrutinised records and documentation, observed lessons and met with pupils, staff and members of the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust (GDFT). The inspectors found that “good teaching ensures that pupils make good progress in a wide range of subjects, including English and mathematics, in every year group”. This is quite an achievement when you consider that pupils start at the Academy with attainment in reading, writing and mathematics that is well below national averages.
The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils was seen by Ofsted as a particular strength of the Academy. Inspectors praised the Academy for providing “a broad and interesting curriculum that promotes good achievement for pupils and contributes well to their personal and social development”.
The report also celebrates the significant improvement in attendance since the school become an Academy. Attendance is now above the national average.
The leadership of the Academy by the Principal, Mr Carl Pattison and the efforts of the staff team are recognised as well as the positive impact of the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust which “provides governance as well as additional capacity and resources to make improvements”.
Parents will be particularly keen to read that inspectors found that “pupils show a keen interest in learning” and are “polite, courteous and friendly” and that “the school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is good”.
Mr Pattison, Principal, said: “We have made outstanding progress since we joined the Trust in September 2013 and I would like to thank the pupils and staff who have worked tremendously hard and the families who have supported us to make the Skegby Junior Academy the ‘good’ Academy it is today. I was particularly pleased to read that inspectors found that pupils enjoy coming to school and that we have a calm and purposeful atmosphere. I am delighted that the report found that we are improving and feel confident that we are exceptionally well prepared to continue to move forward and become an ‘outstanding’ Academy in the future.
Sir Barry Day, OBE, Chief Executive of the GDFT, said: “My congratulations go to staff at the Academy, who are committed and enthusiastic, and I extend my thanks to Mr Pattison who has done an outstanding job since taking up his post as Principal in January 2014. The Academy thoroughly deserves this outcome. I am pleased Ofsted recognised that one of the key strengths of our Trust is the ability to call upon the expertise of other Academies within the Trust so that successful teaching techniques can be shared”.
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