School continues to improve

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School continues to improve

Following an inspection on 2 and 3 November, Ofsted has found that the Kingswood Secondary Academy in Corby has continued to improve.

Inspectors scrutinised records and documentation, observed lessons and met with pupils, staff and parents to get their views.

The inspection is an independent assessment of the effectiveness of the academy which includes:

The effectiveness of leadership and management;

The quality of teaching, learning and assessment;

Personal development, behaviour and welfare;

Outcomes for pupils; and 16 to 19 study programmes.

The inspectors concluded that leadership and management and the sixth form provision are both good and that the academy requires improvement across the other three areas.

The report praises the strong leadership of the Principal, Andrew Burton, who joined the academy in January 2016.

The report references how in the short time he has been at the academy he has ¡§taken decisive and effective action to improve the quality of teaching and pupils outcomes.

The report goes on to highlight how Andrew and his senior leadership team have implemented a culture of higher expectations and that because of this teaching and pupils achievements are both improving across most subject areas at both key stages 3 and 4.

The support of the Greenwood Academies Trust was also recognised and the inspectors highlighted how staff access high-quality support from the Trust`s education advisers and wide-ranging training and CPD through the Trust`s Learning Alliance.

Upon reviewing the sixth form provision, the inspectors found that leadership, teaching and achievement are al lgood. They commented that students receive effective careers advice and guidance and benefit from a range of work experience opportunities, both of which ensure that students are well prepared for life after the academy.

In terms of the main academy, the inspectors noted that outcomes for pupils are now improving and highlighted that pupils outcomes in 2016 improved on those of their peers in previous academic years.

This is significant given that most pupils join the academy with attainment which is well below average.

What is even more encouraging is that inspectors reviewed the performance information for current pupils in key stages 3 and 4 and found that it indicates that there are increased proportions of pupils who are making the progress that should, across a range of subjects.

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