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St Peter's Catholic Voluntary Academy praised by Ofsted for effective and significant improvements

St Peter's Catholic Voluntary Academy praised by Ofsted for effective and significant improvements


Our second monitoring inspection from Ofsted took place at the end of spring term and we are delighted to receive recognition on the progress being made at our academy. Leaders have again been praised for taking “effective action towards the removal of special measures”.

We would like to take this opportunity draw your attention to some of the key messages highlighted in the report:

• Inspectors recognised the “unwavering and resolute determination” of our Headteacher as well as the “commitment that the vast majority of staff have for pupils and to driving up standards”. We are all committed to our vision of ensuring “all pupils can achieve their very best and experience high-quality teaching and experiences.”

• The “improvements to pupils’ attitudes to learning” and “engagement in learning” was praised. Pupils were also praised for their behaviour and politeness to one another and visitors.

• Pupils’ “gains in knowledge, understanding and skills” are improving.

• The provision for disadvantaged pupils ensures they “receive advice and guidance, as well as work experience opportunities,” which “raises their aspirations”. Pupils also “speak highly of this provision”.

• “The quality of teaching in music, art and physical education is particularly strong. In these lessons, pupils achieve well, and develop their skills because teachers’ expectations are consistently high, and planned activities enthuse and build pupils’ confidence.

• “English and mathematics have shown steady signs of improvement. Strong and effective leadership of these subjects is having a positive impact in driving up standards.”

• The partnerships the academy have formed partnerships with a range of organisations, including Talented Leaders and Future Leaders’ programmes, Dixons Academies Trust and the Outwood Grange Academies Trust provides “effective opportunities for leaders” and ensures sharing of good practice.

These achievements are testimonial to the dedication, commitment and hard efforts of our, staff, pupils and the support of parents and carers. Senior leaders and governors are aware that there is still work to be done before reaching the ultimate ‘Outstanding’ accolade, yet are confident in achieving this, believing the momentum under the academy’s effective leadership will continue to drive rapid change and improvements.

Headteacher, Mrs Zahida Hammond, commented: “We are delighted that the Ofsted Inspectors have recognised the phenomenal efforts by staff, students and families, and the good progress being made at our academy. We are determined to build on the successes achieved to date and to continue to deliver the quality of learning experience that will ensure our pupils achieve beyond expectations. We are confident that we will be recognised as the excellent school that we are in the very near future.” 

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