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Keelby Academy a 'solidly good' school 

The Lincolnshire primary, part of the Enquire Learning Trust, has been awarded a further judgment of 'good' following a short Ofsted inspection

Posted by Julian Owen | March 24, 2018 | School life

Keelby Primary Academy in Lincolnshire has been rated ‘solidly good’ by Ofsted inspectors, in the first inspection carried out since its predecessor was judged to be good in June 2012. 

The inspector noted that ‘classrooms positively “buzz” with pupils whose interests are being stimulated and whose efforts are celebrated'.  As a result, the letter goes on to say, ‘pupils are ambitious, enthusiastic and confident learners’.  

Year 6 pupils told the inspector that ‘they appreciate the efforts of all their teachers and relish the opportunities to share, discuss and confidently ask questions’, adding that they feel ‘really lucky to attend this school’. 

Principal, Ms Annabel Cowling, believes this second positive judgment from Ofsted makes the school “solidly good” before moves towards becoming outstanding.

Ms Cowling many changes over the last five years include reorganised staff; strengthened leadership team and governing body; raised aspiration among pupils, parents/carers and teaching staff; improved learning environment ,with the introduction of learning zones; a new school kitchen; and ensured the voice of students and teachers became stronger. 

Speaking about this latest Ofsted visit, she said: “I am really pleased with this judgment, which I believe puts us in the category of being solidly good, rather than just good. The children’s attitude to learning and their overall behaviour is exemplary, and our outcomes at Key Stage One and Key Stage Two continue to improve – that is vitally important. 

“I am pleased to report that community engagement and team spirit are also much improved, and I will be building on the progress we have made to ensure the community and our parents/carers know about all the good things going on here. 

“I am so proud of everyone’s dedication to improving outcomes for our children and for the hard work and enthusiasm of our students.  We are committed to giving children a good education, every day, as well as a variety of opportunities to expand their experience and learning.” 

Darren Holmes, Enquire Learning Trust's (ELT) Chief Executive, said: “This is another great result for Ms Cowling and her team. We want all our children’s results to be above the national average and for them to make better than expected progress regardless of their starting points. We take learning very seriously at ELT and we want children to be confident, successful and ambitious. I think this inspection letter reflects that those goals are being met, each day, within Keelby Primary Academy.”


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