Ofsted, May 2014

Samuel Whitbread is judged as Good by Ofsted

On the 15th May 2014 the Academy was inspected by 5 Ofsted inspectors for two days. They observed over 50 lessons and interviewed students, staff and parents, as well as looking at documentation and students’ work.

The report has now been published and is full of positive comments, including:

  • Students make good progress as they move through the school. The proportions of students across all year groups making more than expected progress is rising steadily.
  • Teaching is typically good with an increasing proportion of outstanding teaching. Leaders have had a positive impact on improving the quality of teaching in all subjects, including English and mathematics.
  •  Students behave well in lessons and around the school.
  • Inspectors agree with the parents’ views that their children feel safe and that bullying is rare.
  • School leaders are relentless in their ambition to raise achievement and improve the quality of teaching further. They have made very good use of the support from the Bedfordshire East Multi-Academy Trust (BEMAT).
  • The curriculum is well structured to meet students’ needs and provides an extensive range of courses at Key Stage 4 and in the sixth form.
  • The sixth form is good. It is led well and, as a result, students are making good progress and are very well prepared for the future.