May 16, 2019
Pupils and staff of Thorp Academy, sponsored by Northern Education Trust, are celebrating the outcome of a recent Ofsted inspection as the academy has now been judged as ‘good’.
During the visit on 2 and 3 April 2019, inspectors recognised the marked improvements in the quality of teaching, learning and assessment since the last inspection in 2016, and praised the quality of leadership, saying “this is a rapidly improving school. Leaders, including governors, provide strong leadership that is unashamedly focused on improving the life chances of every pupil.”
Inspectors also recognised the excellent behaviour of pupils, noting a positive working atmosphere in and around school. Discussions with pupils and staff confirmed that standards of pupils’ behaviour have improved significantly since the previous inspection, and that staff frequently promote positive behaviour.
The report noted comments from parents, who said that the quality of education provided by the school continues to improve, being particularly pleased with the pastoral care and support that was available. Inspectors also felt that pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development was impressive, ensuring pupils learn in many ways and have a well-developed understanding of what it means to be British in the world today.
The report recognised the good progress pupils are making in all key stages, across a wide range of subjects, with outcomes in English and Mathematics being above the national average in 2018. Inspectors noted in particular that pupils with SEND make strong progress from their different starting points, and that provision for SEND pupils is very good, commenting that the Special Educational Needs Coordinator had a detailed understanding of pupil’s needs.
Commenting on the sixth form, inspectors said: “leaders are ambitious for students in the sixth form, and the quality of provision and careers education is strong. They have high expectations of students in terms of their application to their learning, the progress they make and students’ standards of presentation and conduct.”
Karen Hailes, Principal, said: “I am delighted with the results of the OFSTED inspection for students, staff and the local community, and very proud of the efforts made by everyone to secure our improving outcomes. I look forward to the next stage of the journey to becoming an outstanding Academy”.
Andrew Jordon, Executive Principal of Northern Education Trust, expressed his admiration for Mrs Hailes’ leadership and commitment to providing an inclusive education adding “I am particularly proud of the work the school does for those students with SEND and that Ofsted recognised this as a strength of the school. The effective support in place ensures that the personal development of pupils with complex learning needs is strong. We want all students to achieve, regardless of their starting point or background and will continue to work tirelessly to ensure this happens.”