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Samuel Whitbread Academy

Ofsted Report


On the 31st Oct and 1st Nov 2017 the Academy was inspected by five Ofsted inspectors including three HMIs. They observed over 40 lessons and interviewed students, staff, governors and school leaders, as well as looking at documentation and students’ work.

The report is full of positive comments as well as some areas that we need to improve. It acknowledges the journey we are on to being the best school we can be.

The highlights include:

  • The school is improving rapidly because all staff are fully focused on ensuring that pupils make good progress.
  • The principal, governors and the trust all share the same vision and high aspirations for the school. They have led by example to secure better teaching, raise achievement and generate further capacity to improve.
  • Attainment is consistently above average. A much larger than average proportion of pupils achieve national expectations in GCSE English and mathematics.
  • Teachers forge good relations with pupils and make learning interesting and enjoyable.
  • Behaviour is consistently good. Pupils are polite, pleasant and respectful towards staff and each other. Their enjoyment of school is shown by their regular attendance and participation in a wide range of enrichment activities
  • Parents praise the care and support provided for pupils, particularly for those pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities.
  • Good leadership of the sixth form ensures that students achieve well and engage fully in school life.
  • Governors are professional, knowledgeable and know what needs to be done to improve the school further
  • The trust provides clear, strategic leadership. Expectations of staff and pupils are very high. Senior and middle leaders are held fully accountable for making improvements.