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Pupil behaviour is ‘Outstanding’ as The Queen Elizabeth Academy secures ‘Good’ Ofsted rating

The Queen Elizabeth Academy in Atherstone has achieved a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating, including ‘Outstanding’ for pupil behaviour, following an inspection in May 2017. The report states “parents, pupils and staff are overwhelmingly positive about the impact of the school leaders and Principal” of the academy, which is part of Academy Transformation Trust.

The effectiveness of leadership and management is rated Good, and Inspectors say that pupils, parents and staff “are positive about how the school is led and managed” and that they “believe in” Principal Dan Watts’ vision. Leaders and pupils alike “place great value on the wide range of extra-curricular activities” which are “many and varied” across sport, arts, academic and musical pursuits. The academy’s “strong provision” for the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils was praised in the report as “highly effective”, noting pupils “respect for peers and others with different sexualities [which] is a strong feature.”

Personal development, behaviour and welfare was awarded an Outstanding rating. Inspectors say that “pupils thrive in this small school where their teachers know them very well” and state that pupils feel “very well supported” by teachers. Describing the careers advice for older pupils, the report says that “objective advice, information and guidance” is given to help pupils understand the careers open to them. “Dedicated staff” create a “bespoke careers profile” for every Year 11 pupil which pupils, parents and teachers contribute to. On the matter of behaviour, Inspectors recognised that “pupils’ behaviour in lessons was exemplary” and all showed “positive attitudes” to learning and their work.  

Teaching, learning and assessment was commended as having “improved significantly” since the appointment of the Principal because of teachers “strong subject knowledge” and effective checking of pupil progress using assessment information. The report states that teachers “provide highly tailored support” and “willingly give their time to help [pupils] improve”. Pupils are described as “well motivated, keen to learn” and “genuinely interested” in their work. During the inspection one pupil commented that teachers are “getting the best out of us”. Inspectors emphasise that “leaders have cultivated a love of reading across the school” with pupils reading “confidently and clearly” and staff giving “appropriate direction” to pupils.

Inspectors praised The Queen Elizabeth Academy’s “well planned and taught” curriculum which supports “good outcomes” for many pupils and leaves them “well prepared” for their next steps in education, employment or training. The academy’s Progress 8 score in 2016 was above the national average. Reviewing pupils work during the inspection, Inspectors found that “consistently good progress” is made across all year groups and subject. Praise was given to “staff [who] are committed to ensuring pupils make strong progress”, supported by a “plethora” of “regular, numerous and well-attended” help and intervention sessions. Pupils’ communication skills are assessed as “very well developed” and pupils express their views “with maturity, listening well and reflecting thoughtfully.”

Inspectors say the academy’s Governors are “committed and experienced”, and “rightly proud” of the learning environment they have helped to created. In the report, Academy Transformation Trust are described as being “fully aware” of the academy’s’ strengths and areas for improvement and Inspectors say it has “worked well” with senior leaders which has driven improvements since The Queen Elizabeth Academy joined The Trust. The result means that 90% of ATT’s eleven secondary academies are now rated ‘Good’.

Dan Watts, Principal at The Queen Elizabeth Academy commented: “The publication of the report marks a significant step in our journey. Following on from the academy’s best ever GCSE examination results in the summer of 2016, this report demonstrates the commitment we have to ensuring that we provide the best educational opportunities for the pupils in our care. I am very proud of our achievements to date and would like to thank the staff for their dedication and tireless efforts in ensuring that our goals are achieved. Our pupils are fantastic and deserve to be recognised for their efforts and positive attitudes to learning. Thank you parents and carers, without your ongoing support and encouragement our work would be much more difficult. Whilst we should be proud of our achievements to date, the journey is not complete and we look forward to the next exciting developments.”

Ian Cleland, CEO at Academy Transformation Trust commented: “We are delighted at the excellent outcome of the recent Ofsted inspection at The Queen Elizabeth Academy. The report reflects the transformational improvement that has taken place at the academy under the leadership of Dan Watts, ably supported by staff, pupils, parents and governors. The Ofsted report shows an academy well on the road to becoming Outstanding. Everyone at ATT is pleased they were able to make a contribution to this well-deserved result.”

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