The June 2016 Ofsted monitoring report (and others) can be downloaded here.
Ofsted are visiting the Academy regularly to monitor progress towards resolving the issues they raised in the full inspection report that was published in September 2015. The first of these monitoring visits took place on 26th and 27th January 2016. The letter that was published following the visit is available to download from the right hand column. A subsequent visit took place on the 7th and 8th June 2016.
I am very pleased to be able to tell you that the inspectors’ judgement is that “Leaders and managers are taking effective action towards the removal of special measures”. This was very heartening, as staff have worked incredibly hard since the previous report was published; it is good to see the impact of this commitment being recognised publicly.
The inspection team recognised a large number of areas in which the Academy is making clear progress:
- The governing body has been robust in its challenge and support for the new Principal. Governors have high expectations for the academy.
- A review of governance undertaken last term commented on the strengths in the governing body.
- Pupils know that their academy is improving. Staff and pupils told inspectors that behaviour has improved.
- There are clear expectations around pupils’ conduct, uniform and the presentation of their work. Pupils are now smartly dressed and take pride in the work they produce.
- There is a system of monitoring teaching and learning which has created an effective culture of professional reflection and development. Leaders at all levels regularly check the quality of teaching and the impact it is having on pupils’ progress. New teachers feel supported and value these professional conversations.
- Collaborative working, especially by middle leaders, is enabling staff to consistently apply whole academy initiatives, such as the marking policy.
- Pupils’ work is generally well presented now and there is an increasing focus by teachers on improving pupils’ literacy skills.
- There have been two formal assessment points since the start of this academic year. They show that the majority of pupils have made some progress.
- The academy’s move to a house system and a structure of mixed-age tutoring has proved to be successful and pupils are clearly proud of their new houses.
- Sixth form learners are very appreciative of the support they receive from academy staff.
We are moving rapidly in the right direction, and the inspectors will be back next term to check that this progress is being maintained.
Parent View gives you the chance to tell Ofsted what you think about Stockley Academy, from the quality of teaching to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour. The survey can be completed at any time; you don’t have to wait until the Academy is being inspected.
Parent View can be accessed by following this link