CAST Continues to be a 'Good' School
Madison Challis

CAST Continues to be a 'Good' School

Ofsted inspectors note that “pupils are ambitious to succeed” and “well prepared for careers in science, technology and computing”

Staff are likewise praised for their “strong subject knowledge” and for having “high expectations of all pupils” 


Following their visit in May, Ofsted inspectors have confirmed that Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology (CAST), continues to be a ‘Good’ school.

In their report, the inspectors note that students at the school are “ambitious to succeed” and “well prepared for careers in science, technology and computing.” The school, as a University Technical College (UTC), has a strong focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) with students benefiting from a unique blend of academic and technical learning.


Alongside their academic education, students take part in a wide range of events, visits and extra-curricular clubs, including the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. Significantly, the report commends the school’s careers programme which provides students with “many opportunities to gain experience of work”. This means that they are able to successfully take their next steps into higher education or the world of work.


Staff at the school are said to have “strong subject knowledge” and “high expectations of all pupils”, adapting their teaching to ensure each and every student can access the curriculum. Leaders are likewise praised for designing an “ambitious and effective curriculum” and providing staff with ongoing training and opportunities.


In particular, the inspectors praised the school’s way of developing students’ character and respect for the people and places around them. The inspectors note that students “see the diversity of the school as a real strength” and that they “treat each other, and adults, with honesty, tolerance and respect.”


Principal at CAST, Danielle Pacey, said:


“All of us at the academy are so pleased with this latest Ofsted report. The inspectors’ glowing feedback is a reflection of the ongoing efforts of students, staff and members of our wider school community, all of whom are key to making sure we are enabling the very best teaching and learning here at CAST. It is particularly pleasing to see that the inspectors saw first-hand the ambition in our young people as well as the kindness they show to their peers and teachers. We look forward to continuing to build on this report so that we can take the school from strength to strength over the coming years.”


Dame Sally Coates, Director of Secondary Education at United Learning, said:


“This is a very strong report about a school that is clearly focused on the needs and abilities of its students and is preparing them well for careers in science and technology and successful adult lives. It is testament to the strong relationship between parents and the school and their shared ambition for the children’s future. Congratulations to all across the school community on this excellent outcome.”


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