Ofsted full of praise for Good Nottinghamshire primary academy
Pupils and staff at Skegby Junior Academy in Nottinghamshire are celebrating after Ofsted praised the school for creating a “calm haven where everyone feels valued” and high expectations are set for what children can achieve.
Inspectors rated the academy, sponsored by Greenwood Academies Trust, as Good and commended it for its hard work, particularly its dedication to encouraging “pupils’ love and enjoyment of reading”, and its positive culture towards learning.
The Ofsted report also praised Principal, Pauline Marples, who joined the academy in September 2017, for setting “high expectations for pupils’ behaviour and attitudes”. Mrs Marples and staff were also described as having “successfully tackled areas for improvement” while “pupils’ outcomes are improving”.
Pupils’ enthusiasm for learning was also highlighted, with the report commending the Academy for providing interesting activities that “ignite their passion for learning” including the forest school and special curriculum days. Additional learning initiatives, like the ‘Big Read’, were also praised with the report stating that “as a result, pupils’ progress in reading has improved substantially”.
Ofsted concluded that parents were similarly supportive of the school, with one noting that: “They have turned the school around – the Head is fantastic!”
The report also said that Greenwood Academies Trust had provided strong support and “robust accountability”, particularly noting Chief Executive, Wayne Norrie, as “knowing the school well” and being “passionate” about the academy’s role in the community.
Pauline Marples, Principal of Skegby Junior Academy, said:
“I am delighted that the fantastic efforts of our wonderful pupils and staff have been recognised by Ofsted. Our Academy takes great pride in providing our pupils with an enriching and engaging learning experience. I am thrilled to see this reflected in the report.
“I would also like to thank everyone who is part of our Academy, from our pupils and their parents to our dedicated team of staff. Providing the opportunities for our pupils to fulfil their potential is at the heart of what we do and wouldn’t be possible without your support.”
Wayne Norrie, Chief Executive Officer of Greenwood Academies Trust, said:
“We set high standards for our academies across the Trust, and the team at Skegby Junior Academy, led by Mrs Marples, is a testament to what can be achieved through a shared dedication, and passion, for high-quality education.
“The team at Skegby Junior Academy have nurtured an excitement for learning, and I am so pleased to see the hard work of the staff, pupils, parents, and the Trust praised in this Ofsted report.”