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The Hathaway Academy celebrates its fantastic Ofsted report

The Hathaway Academy in Grays has been praised for its strong leadership and key improvements which led to a rating of ‘Good’ from Ofsted inspectors this month.

The Hathaway Academy, part of the Academy Transformation Trust family, was graded ‘Good’ in all categories – the second highest mark possible, compared to being just ‘satisfactory’ before converting to an academy. This reflects the transformational journey that it has been on; from a failing school to a good academy on its way to outstanding.

During the inspection it was applauded for the “caring, supportive environment where all are encouraged and helped to achieve their best”. This has led to progress in achievements, behaviour and attitudes to learning for the pupils.

In particular, inspectors acknowledged that pupils’ positive attitudes have been enriched by the “range of subjects and courses that the academy offers”. This is further supported by the “effective careers advice and guidance” pupils receive when making their choices at the end of the Year 9 and Year 11. This has resulted in “all students moving to education or jobs with training” upon leaving the academy.

The report also commended the leadership team for improving the quality of teaching and being committed to making sure that all pupils have an equal chance to succeed.

The excellent support offered by the wider team was also recognised; stating Academy Transformation Trust “provides high quality support” and “regular opportunities for subject leaders to meet and share good practice”. Governors, they also stated “are ambitious for the academy to do well” and “understand the value of good teaching in raising achievement”.

Karen Jones, Executive Principal said: “We are delighted with this positive report which reflects the hard work by all our staff, pupils, our sponsor and the wider academy community. Ofsted have recognised the very strong and focussed leadership, and the very high aspirations for students’ achievements’ provided by the Principal James Howarth.

“They also praised the interim Head of Academy, Ms Fatima Rodrigues for maintaining his vision and continuing to drive the academy forward over the last year. Staff and students have worked extremely hard to make The Hathaway Academy a good academy and it is wonderful to get validation of their achievements.”

Inspectors noted that pupils who are disabled or have a special education need receive targeted support and as a result, they make similar progress to other pupils in the academy. The academy was equally praised for the support given to the most-able pupils.

The predicted exam results expected this summer, recognised in the report, show “Year 11 are on track to achieve considerably better results” with other pupils making good progress throughout the academy.

The academy was also congratulated for behaviour of the pupils whilst praising the social, spiritual and moral development of the pupils.

Ian Cleland, Chief Executive Officer of Academy Transformation Trust commented: “We are very pleased that the report reflects the fantastic work undertaken by everyone in the academy over the last months, providing pupils with the first class education they deserve.

“The Trust wants in particular to the praise the outstanding work of Karen and Fatima for their leadership during a particularly difficult year. We are all looking forward to the return of James Howarth in the near future when he will continue the good work to lead the academy to outstanding.”

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