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Richard Rose Morton Academy Successfully Out of Special Measures

Inspectors praise “ambitious” and “dynamic leadership” at the academy

~ Significant, rapid improvements underway in teaching, students’ behaviour and outcomes ~

Students and staff at Richard Rose Morton Academy are celebrating a highly-encouraging Ofsted report today. Inspectors have confidently removed the school from Special Measures, saying that “the academy has travelled a considerable distance in a short amount of time”.

Inspectors praised the “dynamic leadership” of Principal Des Bird and his team and the significant improvements in the quality of teaching, students’ behaviour and achievement – as demonstrated by this summer’s strong GCSE results.

The inspectors highlighted a number of key successes and reported that:

  • “The headteacher has inspired all staff to be ambitious, and strive to provide a high quality education for all students… He has galvanised the whole community and the impact of this is evident.”
  • “The quality of teaching has improved since the last inspection and students are benefiting from some good and outstanding teaching.”
  • “There is a tangible ethos in the academy of ambition and aspiration for all.”
  • There has been “a marked improvement in behaviour since the last inspection. Staff, students and parents all comment on the positive impact this has had on learning in the academy”.
  • “The work the academy does to keep its students safe is exemplary.”
  • “Staff know and care for their students well. There is a nurturing ethos in the academy that creates an environment in which students thrive.”
  • The school’s improvement board and sponsor, United Learning, are said to have played “a significant part in bringing about rapid improvements across the academy”.

Students were said to feel safe and show positive attitudes to learning at all Key Stages. Inspectors reported that Year 11 students were keen to talk about how the academy has improved since Des Bird joined as Principal and how this has impacted on their commitment “to securing good qualifications to meet their career aspirations”.

Executive Principal Derek Davies said of the report:

“We are delighted with this judgement which is clear evidence that Richard Rose Morton is making great strides forward. This report is a huge vote of confidence in Head Teacher Des Bird, who, along with the Senior Leadership Team, is rightly praised for accelerating improvement across the academy. Under their leadership, the academy’s GCSE results have risen sharply, the quality of teaching and learning has improved dramatically and there are now some fantastic opportunities for students to reach their full potential both inside and outside the classroom.”

Head Teacher Des Bird said:

“This report is testament to our ambitious, hard-working and dedicated students, staff, parents and governors and I would like to thank them all for the significant contribution they each make to our academy.

“I am particularly delighted that the inspectors commented on the academy’s nurturing ethos and the behaviour of our students. We have worked hard to create an inclusive and welcoming environment in which all students are given the opportunity to thrive and it is gratifying that the inspectors noticed this.

“As the report rightly identifies, we are highly ambitious for our school and our students and we will uphold this ethos as we continue to strive for excellence across the academy.”

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