Students and staff at Lambeth Academy are celebrating after being rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, with inspectors praising the strong progress that has been made since the school’s last inspection.
Following their visit last month, the inspectors have highlighted how “ambitious” leaders are for each student, resulting in their “high” achievement across a range of subjects. Their report credits the “strong leadership” of Executive Principal Leon Wilson and his team for driving forward recent improvements, with students, staff and parents all welcoming the changes that have been put in place.
Likewise, the inspectors’ report was full of praise for the students themselves, who were said to be “unfailingly polite to adults and their peers”. In lessons, inspectors noted that students are “on task and focused” and “respond to the high expectations which are set for them”.
As well as praising students, inspectors commended the work being done by staff and teachers across the academy. According to the report, teachers implement “well designed” subject plans and are effective at addressing any gaps in students’ learning. Inspectors described teachers as “caring” and said they make sure the needs of all pupils are being met, including those with special educational needs or from disadvantaged backgrounds.
In addition to their academic studies, students are said to enjoy a wide range of extra-curricular activities, from a lunchtime chess club to The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. The report also highlighted students’ work within their local community, helping to fundraise for a number of charities throughout the year.
Inspectors also drew attention to the academy’s “broad careers programme” and said that leaders are committed to helping students “prepare for the next stage of their education and employment”. Ensuring their young people have access to enrichment opportunities and high-quality careers advice like this are key parts of the academy’s pledge to deliver an Education with Character.
Leon Wilson, Executive Principal of Lambeth Academy, said:
“This Ofsted judgement is testament to the tireless efforts of our students and staff, as well as the ongoing support of our parents, governors and local community. As a Head, I could not be prouder of what our academy has achieved over the past 18 months and the inspectors’ comments are further proof of this.
“It is particularly pleasing that the report recognises the exceptional attitudes of our students, whose dedication to their studies is a credit to them all. Likewise, I am grateful to staff at all levels of the school for their invaluable contributions to this outcome. It is something I know everyone will take great pride in.”
Dame Sally Coates, Director of Secondary Education at United Learning, said:
“Like everyone associated with the school, we are proud to read the inspectors’ report which recognises Lambeth students as hard-working, ambitious and ‘unfailingly polite’. It also emphasises the strength of Mr Wilson’s leadership, along with that of his dedicated team of staff, and the academy’s academic, pastoral and enrichment offer to students. A good school relies on a strong partnership between parents and staff and we are very pleased that everyone’s shared ambition for the students’ futures is reflected in the inspectors’ findings.”