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Academy Improvement

The transformational journey at Admirals Academy

Challenge

Upon opening as Admirals Academy in November 2012, the academy was just four months on from being removed from ‘Notice to Improve’. In addition the baseline review carried out by The Trust on conversion showed more than two thirds of teaching was still inadequate.

Strategy

Following the review, The Trust staff, working alongside Principal, Teresa Rodgers, developed and implemented a robust Academy Improvement Plan that strategically mapped the key milestones to becoming outstanding. The first of these being to eradicate the 68 per cent inadequate teaching before the next evaluation.

The first action on the academy’s improvement journey was to focus on what good teaching looks like. To aid this we looked at teacher’s standards and the way in which this would be incorporated into the academy’s appraisal process. Alongside this, we recognised the diverse set of teachers at the academy and how it was critical to ensure that their individual needs were met and developed.

Next was sending teachers on the Improving Teacher programme, where they were required to attend training sessions and then be further supported by an in-academy mentor. From this we saw great progress with teachers being able to achieve good observations.

This was supplemented by work with The Trust to develop coaching plans and continual classroom monitoring to ensure the implementation of new ideas and assess progress made. The academy team also focused upon the work provided by teaching assistants, with performance targets set directly linked to the academy targets and the intervention required.

Alongside this, The Trust has developed a vigorous data tracking system using our management system, TIM, which provides insight into current progress and achievement across The Trust. At Admirals Academy this has helped support assessment recording and reporting, with regular ‘data drops’ uploaded to the system to enable detailed analysis of progress.

Outcome

At its Ofsted inspection in 2014, the academy was rated as ‘Good’. This reflected the significant strides we have collectively made since the initial baseline review. There is now no inadequate teaching and the majority is now good or better. Going forward, we are continuing on our journey to ‘Outstanding’ by further improving teaching and ensuring all our pupils leave the academy having made the best progress they can.

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