Ofsted inspectors agree the academy is making good progress and is no longer ‘Inadequate’ | Inspectors praise leadership, student behaviour and improved quality of teaching
Students and staff at Barnsley Academy are celebrating a highly encouraging Ofsted report, which recognises that the school is making significant progress and is no longer ‘Inadequate’.
The report praises the “aspirational and dynamic leadership” of Executive Principal Nikki Shaw who shows “unwavering commitment to improving the quality of teaching, and increasing students’ outcomes”. Inspectors agree that the initiatives which have been put in place to drive improvement are already beginning to successfully address weaknesses across the academy.
Inspectors highlighted a number of key improvements:
- “Persistent absence rates have fallen significantly"
- “There is a climate of respect and tolerance throughout the academy”
- “Students’ progress is beginning to accelerate”
- “The curriculum [is] increasingly well planned to meet students’ needs”
- “The academy emphasises the importance of good relations and community spirit”
Students are also said to be very positive about how the academy has changed since the last inspection; they report that behaviour is “vastly improved”, that they feel safe at school and that “there is always someone who will listen to their views, share and act on their concerns”.
Nikki Shaw, Executive Principal at Barnsley Academy, said:
“We are delighted that the report acknowledges the strong progress that the academy is making. Whilst there is still a way to go, this report demonstrates the pace at which we are improving and the real impact that the initiatives we have put in place are beginning to have across our school.
“I have every confidence that this report will spur us on to continue improving and aspiring to be the very best that we can be. I would like to thank everyone for their hard work and continued support as we take our next steps as an academy.”
The report also praised the academy’s sponsor, United Learning, for its effective use of experts, advisors and National Leaders of Education to support the improvements.
Janet Woods, Director of Northern Academies for United Learning, said:
“This report signals that the academy is now on the right track and that, in the capable hands of Nikki Shaw and her leadership team, it is strongly placed to take the next steps to become securely ‘Good’.
“I hope this report provides a boost of confidence to all students and staff as it recognises that the work they have done over the last year is already having an impact and, over time, will deliver a genuine transformation. Everyone – students, staff, parents and governors alike – should be proud of this.”