May 6, 2022
News, events and information from The Northern Education Trust
Previously rated Requires Improvement, the academy has undergone rapid transformation thanks to the relentless application of the Trust’s NORTHERN model of school improvement. This, coupled with the determination of senior leaders and staff, and the support of governors, has led to this magnificent achievement for a school which was once struggling.
Inspectors were extremely pleased to recognise the improvements in the academy, saying: “Students benefit from regular praise and encouragement, and are supported to be confident and resilient learners. They appreciate the help they receive from teachers, who have high expectations of what students can and should achieve. And overall, students achieve well.”
Students told inspectors that the strong culture of praise helps them to feel a sense of motivation. This can be seen throughout the whole of the academy, when students take the initiative and applaud each other’s achievements in lessons, and celebrate each other’s work on PROUD Thursdays. Students also told inspectors that they feel safe at school, and know they can talk to a member of staff if they have any concerns. This all contributes to students saying that they are happy and proud to attend Kearsley Academy.
Inspectors noted the high expectations that teachers have of student behaviour, with students appreciating the fair systems in place to manage this. As a result, students behave well. The ambitions that leaders have for all students were also noted, with leaders ensuring that all students, including those with SEND, are given the opportunities that they need to succeed.
Inspectors were impressed with the appropriately-designed curriculum, which ensures that students gain the breadth and depth of knowledge needed across a range of subjects, and they praised the fact that the number of students who study the English Baccalaureate is steadily rising year on year. To support this, leaders prioritise reading, with effective strategies in place to encourage students to read for pleasure and as a leisure activity.
Executive Principal Dean Buckley said: “We are over the moon that Ofsted recognise the incredible hard work that has been done to improve our school. The children here are wonderful young people and they deserve the very best education we can give them. This judgement reflects the ongoing support, commitment and hard work of all involved from students and staff, to parents, governors and of course, Northern Education Trust. We will never become complacent – we will keep on doing all that we can do to enhance the life chances of the children and young people in our care.”
Rob Tarn, Chief Executive, added: “I am delighted and proud that Ofsted have seen and acknowledged the improvements that have taken place to make Kearsley Academy a good school. This could not have been achieved without the dedicated support and commitment of trustees, governors, and staff. A special thanks goes to our wonderful students for their hard work and their families for their support.”