Stewards Academy told it “requires improvement” following Ofsted inspection

Education / Thu 20th Jun 2024 at 09:19am

ON the 8th and 9th May, Stewards Academy were visited by a team of four Ofsted inspectors. They spent two days visiting lessons and talking to Governors, staff, parents and pupils. The inspection team were tasked with identifying both the strengths of the school and the areas which require improvement; they also very importantly checked that safeguarding is effective across the academy.

This week, the academy was able to share the outcome with parents:

Personal Development was identified as a strength: ‘Pupils at Stewards Academy have frequent opportunities to increase their confidence and to widen their experiences and interests. There is a broad range of clubs, from rocket making to crochet. Pupils can take part in musical productions and The Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme. Pupils develop their leadership skills when they become prefects or join the school council.’

The curriculum is a key focus of any Ofsted inspection. Inspectors noted: ‘Pupils access a broad curriculum. Many pupils take a range of vocational courses in key stage 4, such as hospitality and catering.’, and that, ‘The curriculum identifies key knowledge that pupils need to know to be successful. In most subjects, the curriculum clearly breaks down and details what teachers need to teach.’

The school’s focus on reading was identified: ‘Staff regularly check how well pupils can read. When pupils need help with their reading, trained staff support them to become confident and accurate readers.’

Following the pandemic, the school has been working hard to meet the needs of all pupils and Ofsted recognised that, ‘The school’s Bridge provision helps pupils with SEND to access the curriculum.’, and ‘The school makes good use of part time alternative provision.’.

The inspection team found that safeguarding was effective, noting that: ‘Pupils learn how to keep themselves safe, have healthy relationships and look after their own mental health’.

Regarding behaviour, they recognised that: ‘The school is working hard to improve standards of behaviour. This is beginning to have a positive impact.’, and that ‘Leaders have high, clear expectations
While recognising the strengths, the team also identified areas of practice that require improvement, and the school is continuing to work hard to address these priorities.

Headteacher, Helen Ginger, said: ‘I am pleased that the inspection team recognised the strength of personal development at the academy; how hard staff are working; and that we have clear, realistic plans for improvement.

“We very much acknowledge that we are on a journey of improvement and as Ofsted noted, our staff enjoy working here; they are both committed and determined to continue to raise standards at the academy.’

The full report can be found here

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