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The Nicholas Hamond Academy celebrates ‘good’ Ofsted rating

Under the “decisive and determined” leadership of Principal Cheryl Hill, staff and pupils at The Nicholas Hamond Academy are celebrating their fantastic Ofsted report issued this week (2 June).

The academy, part of Academy Transformation Trust family, was rigorously scrutinised by government inspectors in May and received ‘good’ across the board. This is a significant improvement from being judged ‘notice to improve’ in 2012 when it was then the Swaffham Hamond High School. In particular inspectors acknowledged the superb improvement that has been seen in the quality of teaching, which is “at least good and some is outstanding”.

In their report, inspectors commended the academy’s Principal for her “astute and inspirational leadership” and praised their highly effective curriculum programmes and initiatives which have helped accelerate their pupils’ progress. Alongside this they stressed the effectiveness of the academy’s governing body and the “strong and effective support offered by their highly knowledgeable and skilled staff deployed by the academy sponsor”.

Following the two-day visit, Ofsted said The Nicholas Hamond Academy “is a happy and harmonious academy, with many smiling faces” that is rapidly improving. This is highlighted by their attendance rates which now significantly exceed the national average, and standards are continuing to rise across the academy.

The report celebrated the “consistently good progress” made by all pupils, including within English and mathematics, and in particular the outstanding progress of the Iceni group over the past 18 months. The academy’s art, food technology and physical education teaching were also singled out for praise by inspectors and showed how “students that were fully engaged…made rapid progress”.

The Nicholas Hamond Academy was also congratulated for having excellent pupil focussed programmes that offer the children the opportunity to work a wide range of topics and projects that “improve students’ key skills, especially communication”.

Cheryl Hill, Principal said: ““We are thrilled that this latest inspection recognises the exemplary work of everyone involved in our academy. Since converting to an academy in November 2012, we have made significant progress in all areas.

“However this is not the end of the challenge and together we are determined to be judged outstanding when Ofsted return”.

Ian Cleland, Chief Executive Officer at Academy Transformation Trust commented: “We are delighted to know that the hard work and commitment of all our staff, pupils, parents and governors has been recognised by Ofsted, as well as that of our Trust team.

“The Nicholas Hamond Academy is an extremely good academy with inspirational leadership and follows an emerging pattern across our Trust academies. We are ready to work alongside Cheryl and her team to help the academy becoming outstanding at their next inspection”.

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