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Glowing Ofsted report for Mildenhall College Academy

Mildenhall College Academy in Suffolk has been praised for its strong teaching and key improvements which led to an Ofsted rating of ‘Good’ last month.

Mildenhall College Academy, which is sponsored by Academy Transformation Trust, was graded ‘Good’ across all categories – the second highest mark possible. The inspectors applauded the “culture of high expectations” that has led to improvements in achievements, behaviour and attitudes to learning for its pupils.

In particular, Ofsted acknowledged the Principal’s determination that “all pupils achieve the best academic outcomes and… life skills they require to be highly successful individuals.” A determination they recognised was shared by all staff across the academy.

Also highlighted was the good progress pupils are making as a result of improved teaching, the ambitious targets teachers are setting and the quality of their questioning. The later has led a better understand of subjects through valuable discussions and debates.

Inspectors commended the academy’s sixth form, MCA6 for its pupils’ achievements and how its wide range of courses is “equipping them for the next stage of education and employment”. During the visit, pupils spoke with passion about how much they appreciated the work of their teachers and the support on offer.

The excellent support offered by the wider team was also recognised, highlighting the high quality support on offer from Academy Transformation Trust. This includes significant resources and plans being made available, as well as the “level of knowledge and expertise” its representative brings to the governing body. Governors, they also stated, are “ambitious, well-informed and hold academy leaders to account for the standard of education and care they provide.”

Susan Byles, Principal said: “We are all delighted with our ‘Good’ rating and the highly positive report that reflects the hard work of our staff, pupils, our sponsor and the wider academy community.
“Ofsted has acknowledged the excellent teaching and opportunities on offer here and it was particularly pleasing to see their report affirming that our pupils feel confident about their futures.”

Inspectors said they found the academy’s “imaginative development of the curriculum” stimulated pupils and helped them to make good progress, as well as assisting in their social, spiritual and moral development.

The predicted exam results expected this summer, recognised in the report as being previously accurate, show “a significant rise in attainment across many subjects including English and maths.”

The academy was also congratulated for having well behaved children and for keeping them safe and secure. The regulatory body especially noted the “positive climate for learning” academy leaders have developed.

Ian Cleland, Chief Executive Officer of Academy Transformation Trust commented: “This report recognises the excellent work that the academy team has done to provide pupils with the first class education they deserve. Susan and her staff are creating an outstanding academy, with exemplary practices that will establish it as a leading academy in the region.”

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