Students and staff at Glenmoor Academy are celebrating this week after achieving the top ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted, with inspectors heaping praise on the girls’ school.
In their inspection report, Ofsted highlighted the high expectations and standards across the school, judging Glenmoor to be ‘Outstanding’ in all areas. This follows its boys’ counterpart, Winton Academy, achieving the same top inspection grade earlier this academic year.
In the report, leaders were praised for their ‘unrelenting focus on continual improvement’ which has seen students achieving impressive results and make rates of progress far beyond the national average. For its Progress 8 score, Glenmoor Academy was in the top 40 schools nationally last year.
Teachers were said to be skillful experts in their subjects, impressing the inspectors by how keen they are to innovate and try new approaches to ensure the quality of teaching is always as high as it can be. According to the report, teaching is ‘characterised by universally high expectations’, meeting the needs of all students in their classrooms – no matter their ability level, educational needs or background.
Girls’ behaviour at Glenmoor was said to be ‘exemplary’, with the report highlighting the ‘harmonious buzz’ about the school, because students are keen to do well and succeed. This is supported by the ‘genuine warmth in relationships’ amongst students and with staff.
In addition to the academy’s outstanding academic curriculum and outcomes, inspectors also highlighted staff’s determination to provide a rich and engaging education with character. According to the report, ‘there is a strong commitment to developing pupils’ sense of self and of their place in the modern world’, providing a broad range of opportunities outside of day-to-day lessons that help the girls develop key skills and attributes for success.
The report also highlighted the ‘very effective challenge and support’ provided by United Learning, the Group which Glenmoor is part of, towards continuous improvements in teaching and learning. Likewise, the school’s governing body was said to be ‘a very knowledgeable and skillful group’ which is effective in holding leaders to account.
Stuart Ingram, Principal of the Glenmoor and Winton Academies, said:
“Following Winton’s inspection earlier this year, we are delighted that both our boys’ and girls’ academies are now rated ‘Outstanding’ across the board. This Ofsted report for Glenmoor is a huge vote of confidence for us all – highlighting staff’s unwavering commitment to continuous improvement and the outstanding attitudes and abilities of our students. I would like to thank all our girls, our excellent staff team and members of our wider school community for their continuing support and contributions towards this fantastic achievement.”
Dame Sally Coates, Director of Secondary Education at United Learning, said:
“The inspectors’ report ratifies what everyone around the school has known for some time; that Glenmoor is a school where students make exceptional progress, enjoy their learning and are encouraged to broaden their interests through a whole range of additional opportunities. It is testament to the excellent work of all the staff, governors and students over the past few years in building upon its previous strengths to ensure that every aspect of school life is wholeheartedly supported and is as good as it can be.”