Ruskin Academy in Wellingborough, an Education Fellowship Trust school, is “improving considerably” say Ofsted following the school’s latest inspection.
The report, produced following a monitoring inspection known as a Secion 5, states that “leaders and managers are taking effective action towards the removal of special measures” following the previous inspection last July.
The report says the recently appointed Principal Angela Watts, who joined the school in September, is “improving the school considerably” and notes “a clear sense from everyone that the school is moving forward.”
Ruskin’s senior leaders are praised for putting in place a curriculum “that is helping pupils to learn more quickly and acquire greater skills” in core subjects. This is supported by school data which indicates “a clear, early improvement in pupils’ skills since the beginning of the academic year.” The inspector also noted “impressive improvement” in pupils’ use of vocabulary and “signs of better progress for pupils in mathematics.”
The progress is recognised by the school’s parents who, the report says, “were very positive about the improvements that the new principal and leadership team are making.” This is reflected in the results of the parent survey carried out by Ofsted alongside the latest inspection. The survey shows that 91% of parents who responded think that the school’s leadership is good and 75% would now recommend the school.
Ruskin Academy’s sponsor, The Education Fellowship Trust, is praised in the report for its support of the school, allowing leaders “to plan improvement actions more effectively.”
Quote from Angela Watts
‘I am incredibly proud of the progress we have made at Ruskin Academy this academic year. I am extreamly pleased that OFSTED recognised the achievements and improvements we have implemented for the good of our children. Our future is bright and I am looking forward to continuing to drive changes and strategic improvements to ensure that the children and local community have access to high quality teaching and learning with the best possible outcomes for every child in our Academy.’