March 18, 2019
Pupils and staff of Northern Education Trust are celebrating the outcome of a recent Ofsted inspection as Ryecroft Academy has now been judged as ‘good’. The report recognised that since the last inspection ‘a strong, united and determined leadership team has made substantial and sustained improvements. These leaders have brought about the much-needed improvements that have led to a good quality of education and the positive behaviour of pupils’.
Due to the tenacity of leaders, pupils’ behaviour has improved dramatically and inspectors praised the children as being polite, friendly and hard working. The report also recognised the commitment of staff, describing them as ‘watchful and scrupulous in ensuring the welfare and safety of pupils’. The quality of the early years’ provision, including for two-year-olds was deemed to offer an environment to ensure the children flourish. The support of the Trust was also acknowledged, particularly the contribution to the improvement in mathematics and early years.
Helen Pearson, Principal, said ‘This is a massive achievement for all the staff, pupils and parents at Ryecroft. With the support of the Trust we have worked tirelessly since the last inspection to ensure the school improved rapidly. We will continue to improve standards and outcomes for the children in our care.’
Jane Wilson, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Northern Education Trust stated ‘We are all absolutely delighted with the judgement which is testimony to the determined leadership of the principal and the hard work and commitment of all the children, staff and parents. It is pleasing that Ofsted has confirmed our view that Ryecroft is a ‘good’ school offering an excellent standard of education for the community that it serves. Once again, the impact of the implementation of the NORTHERN model of school improvement is evidenced in this dramatic improvement in performance’.