Richard Rose Central Academy has come out of Special Measures following its first full Ofsted visit since joining United Learning.
Inspectors visited the academy for two days in March and assessed that the school no longer requires Special Measures. In their inspection findings, leadership of the academy was graded as Good and all other areas were judged to Require Improvement – the first step out of an Ofsted category.
In their report, the inspectors said:
“Strong leadership from the sponsors, governors and the executive headteacher have transformed this academy. There is no hiding place for underperformance. Students and staff take pride in being part of this community. The academy’s motto, ‘the best in everyone’ is lived out.”
"All staff have achieving the best possible outcomes for students as their core purpose.”
“As a result of better teaching, an increasing proportion of which is good or better, students are making better progress in their learning.”
“Current students are making at least expected progress in their learning across subjects.”
“There has been a marked improvement in the behaviour of students and the attitudes they display. On inspection, students were polite. The academy is a calm, orderly place and students feel safe.”
“Students are being instilled with the clear message: learning is not to be disrupted. Students themselves report the benefits”.
Students were “keen to tell inspectors how much they enjoyed life at the academy”.
“The achievement of students in the sixth form is getting better year on year.”
“Students in the sixth form benefit from the guidance given to them about career choices and further or higher education. An increasing proportion goes on to higher education.”
Richard Rose Central Academy formally joined schools group United Learning in September 2014 along with sister school Richard Rose Morton Academy. In their report, inspectors said “the sponsors give high levels of commitment, support and challenge to the academy.”
Derek Davies, Executive Principal of the academy, said:
“We are very pleased with Ofsted’s feedback on the hard work of our students and staff. The report is clear that students are enjoying their time here and that there is a lot of pride in being part of the Richard Rose Central Community. Together we will continue to build upon the improved teaching and student progress identified by inspectors as well as tackling those areas that need further attention.”
Neil Hutchinson, Headteacher of the academy said:
“This is very good news with which to begin the summer term. Everyone at the academy knows that it is a very different place to several years ago and we are all encouraged by this recognition by Ofsted that the changes we have introduced are having a demonstrable impact..”
Jon Coles, Chief Executive of United Learning, said:
“When United Learning became involved with the academy we promised that our first priority would be to secure permanent foundations for future success. We know that there is still a long way to go, but this report marks a significant step in the academy’s journey towards being securely Good and points to a positive future. Everyone – students, staff and parents alike – should take encouragement from this report.”