Ofsted have published a highly encouraging report following a two day visit to Kettering Buccleuch Academy in March. Inspectors conducted a routine Monitoring Visit at the academy to assess the progress which has been made since they last visited.
Overall, the inspectors judged that rapid progress is being made across the academy. They highlighted the quality of the academy’s teaching – particularly in English and maths – which the inspectors said has ‘improved dramatically’. The inspectors found strong evidence to indicate that student attainment is rising and said that the academy is on track to achieve improved GCSE results in both English and maths this summer.
According to the report, pupils’ aspirations are being raised at the academy through a ‘culture of high expectations that is improving standards and speeding up pupils’ progress’. Furthermore, inspectors were impressed with the good conduct of pupils in lessons and around the academy, and praised teachers’ management of behaviour.
The academy’s house system is credited as ‘highly effective’; with pupils saying that it provides them with a sense of identity. They reported to inspectors that they enjoy the family spirit it creates and the competitive nature of the house activities.
Inspectors added that the academy is fast becoming parents’ first choice when it comes to selecting a school for their child. The academy is also celebrating a higher percentage of Sixth Form students going on to study at top universities, as well as higher numbers going onto further education in general.
Inspectors put the improvements down to the academy’s leadership team which was said to have an ‘uncompromising and successful drive to improve’. Responding to the report, Principal James Bowkett said:
“We are all very pleased that the effectiveness of the changes which we have made and the dramatic progress which we are making have been recognised. We know there is more work to be done, but this report is a good milestone as we push onwards aiming to provide a beyond outstanding experience for our community, the equal of any school in the UK.”