Staff and students at Lambeth Academy are celebrating after receiving strong praise from Ofsted inspectors.
Following a two day visit by Ofsted inspectors in February, Lambeth Academy has been judged to be ‘Good’. This is a significant improvement on the ‘Satisfactory’ judgement the academy received when it was last inspected in 2010.
Describing Lambeth Academy as ‘vibrant and rapidly improving’, inspectors praised a number of aspects of the academy including the quality of teaching, leadership, behaviour and the achievement of students.
Inspectors were impressed with the standard of teaching and described it as ‘good or better’. They also found that the academy’s students are making significantly better progress compared to their peers in other schools.
Inspectors were particularly impressed by the quality of English teaching in the academy. In their report, they cited numerous ways in which the academy is successfully developing the literacy skills of students. This echoes the ‘Outstanding’ judgement the English Department was given when it received a Subject Inspection by Ofsted last year.
The inspectors also reported that the curriculum which includes a mix of academic and vocational courses prepares students ‘well for working life’.
The Sixth Form was singled out for praise with inspectors finding that an increasing number of students are achieving higher grades and seeking places at top universities.
There was also high praise for the academy’s teachers who were described as ‘dedicated’ and were said to ‘work extremely hard to ensure that students make good progress, behave well and participate actively in lessons’.
Students were also commended and were said to ‘show a genuine thirst for learning’. Inspectors went on to say that students are ‘optimistic and positive about their education’.
Inspectors put the academy’s recent improvements down to the leadership of the Principal, Jan Shadick, who joined the academy in January 2012. The inspectors described Ms Shadick and her Senior Leadership Team as ‘energetic and visible around the academy’.
Commenting on the report, Jan Shadick said:
‘We are delighted with this report which recognises what a great school Lambeth Academy is. Everyone here works incredibly hard to provide students with an outstanding education and so I was particularly pleased that inspectors praised so many elements of our curriculum and the standard of our teaching and learning.
‘I was also thrilled that inspectors recognised how articulate and well-behaved our students are. Together with our staff and parents, students have created a thriving and harmonious community and it is great that the inspectors recognised this.
‘Whilst we are all very encouraged by this report, we have set our sights on being judged ‘Outstanding’ and this report has given us the confidence and belief that we can achieve this.’
In their report, inspectors were impressed with the level of support provided by both the Local Governing Body and the academy’s sponsor, United Learning, which was said to provide ‘effective professional expertise, guidance and challenge’.
Andy Buck, Managing Director – Academies at United Learning, said:
‘This is a very positive report which highlights the significant progress the academy has made in recent years. All the staff work tirelessly to drive standards and this highly complimentary report is a fitting reward. Under Jan Shadick’s leadership, Lambeth Academy is making huge strides forward and, as this report shows, is well on the way to becoming an “Outstanding” school.’