Students and staff at Barnsley Academy are celebrating after the academy received a Good rating from Ofsted following a visit at the end of January.
The academy received a highly positive report in which inspectors praised the ‘big changes’ which have been made in recent years. These include improvements to the curriculum, the recruitment of more specialist teachers and the setting of higher expectations for behaviour and learning.
The inspectors were highly impressed by the attitudes of students and by how excited and engaged they are in their learning. Describing the academy as ‘calm and purposeful’, inspectors found that behaviour is good, attendance is increasing and exclusions are reducing.
Inspectors described the personal development of pupils as a particular strength of the school. They cited opportunities such as becoming cultural ambassadors and said that they nurtured a better understanding of other cultures and beliefs amongst pupils.
The report is an endorsement of the leadership of Principal Steve Dixon and the hard work of the academy’s staff. Commenting on the report, Steve Dixon said:
“We are delighted with this report which demonstrates how far Barnsley Academy has come in recent years. We are incredibly fortunate to have an excellent team of staff who always go above and beyond for students to give each and every one a chance to succeed. Barnsley Academy has undergone a step change in recent years and this report shows that we have all the foundations in place to continue to go from strength to strength.
“Our recent success, however, would not have been possible without the support of our parents and the wider Barnsley community. We are very proud to serve this part of Yorkshire and give young people here an enjoyable, challenging and inspirational education. Our students amaze me every day with their enthusiasm and determination to succeed. It is an honour to lead this academy and give our students the education they deserve.”