While much of the rhetoric about academies is about the opportunities of autonomy and freedom, it is important to reflect on the fact that we are judged on the same measures as every other school in England.
Many of our schools joined the Trust after they had faced difficult Ofsted inspections. After joining our network, outcomes from inspectors have significantly improved, with many reports talking about the transformational impact of joining the Trust.
82% of the Trust’s primary schools that have been inspected since joining the Trust are now Good or Outstanding, compared to 38% before joining.
Comments in our most recent inspections have included:
- “The positive relationships within the school create an inclusive and welcoming environment enabling pupils to thrive. A representative parental comment noted that: ‘Since attending this school my child has grown in confidence and ability and her talents have been nurtured and celebrated’.” (Malcolm Arnold Academy, May 2018)
- “Pupils develop into confident, articulate and enthusiastic young people who aspire to achieve the very best they can. They are extremely proud of their school and the opportunities it provides for them. They value the support of their teachers and staff and appreciate the improvements brought about by leaders.” (Barnes Wallis Academy, July 2017)
- “It is a pleasure to walk around the school. Pupils are polite and extremely smart in their uniform… there is an orderly and productive learning environment.” (King Edward VI Academy, September 2017)
- “Strong leadership by the principal, with effective support from the increasingly skilled members of the leadership teams, has ensured that the school now provides a good quality of education.” (Charles Read Academy, January 2017)
- “The proportion of children in the early years who attained a good level of development has been above the national average for the last two years. The proportion of pupils meeting the required standard in the Year 1 phonics screening check has exceeded the national averages for the last two years. The attainment of pupils at the end of key stage 1 exceeded the national averages for reading, writing and mathematics.” (Ingoldsby Academy, September 2017)
- “Parents have said that they would not want their children taught anywhere else and pupils talk about wanting other children joining the school and becoming part of the Newnham family. Our strong community is what makes this school truly special.” (Newnham Primary School, September 2017)