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King's Oak retains 'good' Ofsted grade

The Cabot Learning Federation is 'very pleased' to announce that Ofsted have judged that the Academy remains 'good' in all categories

Posted by Julian Owen | April 19, 2018 | School life

Following a recent Ofsted inspection, King’s Oak Academy has been rated ‘good’ in all areas. Ofsted said: “Since his appointment in 2016, the principal, Richard Clutterbuck, has acted with determination to improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment for all pupils. He understands the importance of raising standards without delay but, at the same time, ensuring that improvements are embedded and long-lasting. This approach has led to a steady, long-term improvement in the quality of education across the school. 

The principal, supported by the multi-academy trust, has strengthened his senior team. Together, they have a clear-sighted view of the strengths and weaknesses of the school. This has led to continual, steady improvement. The board of governors provide strong oversight of the work of the school. They hold the principal to account well and they have acted to strengthen the school's leadership team. The school has improved as a consequence. 

Senior leaders are challenging pupils and teachers alike to reach those expectations. Leaders have developed a strong assessment system and, as a result, they have a good understanding of the progress that pupils are making over time. They make good use of the common structure in place across the multi-academy trust to check on the accuracy of teachers’ assessments. Pupils enjoy the challenge they now get and respond positively to it, the most able are given challenges that stretch them.”

“Leaders make good use of the support they receive from the multi-academy trust to improve teaching and learning."

Richard Clutterbuck said: “I am really pleased and proud that King's Oak Academy is rated as a ‘good’ Ofsted graded school, particularly under this framework which has raised the bar from the 2013 inspection. Reflecting on King's Oak and its place in the community, this is also good news for Kingswood and South Gloucestershire."

Ofsted also noted the impact of King’s Oak being part of the Cabot Learning Federation, saying: “Leaders make good use of the support they receive from the multi-academy trust to improve teaching and learning. They work closely with the trust’s leaders to get access to training for teachers and to make sure that they are assessing pupils correctly. The Acorn has made particularly good use of the trust’s support as it develops from its early days. 

The multi-academy trust draws on its understanding of the school’s current performance when it deploys resources to provide the additional support the school needs to develop further. This has proved effective in addressing some of the school’s pressing issues.”

  

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