Star Academy, part of the Academy Transformation Trust family of academies, was graded ‘good’ in all categories, compared to being just ‘satisfactory’ before converting to an academy. This reflects the transformational journey that it has been on; from a failing school in special measures, to a good academy on its way to outstanding.
Following the two-day visit, Ofsted commended the academy for its “significant rise in pupils’ achievements” and the strong contribution higher standards of teaching have made to pupil’s learning. It also praised the Principal and Vice Principal, stating that the academy leadership have provided a “clear and focused direction for the school, [working to] successfully accelerate pupil’s progress and ensure teaching is consistently good or better”.
Ofsted acknowledged that the whole academy community is “very positive about the direction the school is taking”. This supportive team ethos was also highlighted in the “effective challenge and support” given by The Trust and the “strong impact” on school improvement that has been made by the governing body.
With many current Year 6 pupils now making better than expected progress in all key areas, inspectors said there has been a “distinct increase in the rate of pupils’ progress” throughout the school. Alongside this, the quality of the academy’s curriculum was acknowledged as “good and is enhanced by many enrichment opportunities such as residential trips”.
Nicky Broomhall, Principal said: “We are truly over the moon with our ‘good’ grading. The academy has been on a true journey of transformational change and Ofsted have now recognised that our success has been a real team effort. The academy is a very special place where our children are now confident and have developed a thirst for learning that is evident throughout. I am delighted that the report fully supports our belief that Star Academy is a great school and we are all so proud that the constant hard work of all our stakeholders has been recognised”.
Star Academy was also congratulated for having well behaved children and commended the improvement in attendance due to “effective communication with parents and concerted actions taken by the school”. They went on to celebrate the good relationships between teachers and pupils which were “positive and respectful”; one child even told an inspector that it was a “magical school”.
Ian Cleland, Chief Executive Officer of Academy Transformation Trust commented: “I am thrilled that the report reflects the absolute determination of Nicky and all our staff to provide pupils with the first class education they deserve. This shows that our pupils are thriving in the nurturing environment that has been created at Star Academy and it is well on its way to becoming outstanding”.Back to News