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Ofsted praises Thistley Hough Academy for pupils' progress

Ofsted is delighted with the school's work to promote personal development and welfare

Posted by Lucinda Reid | May 30, 2017 | Teaching

An Ofsted report has praised Thistley Hough Academy, a Creative Education Trust school in Penkhull, Stoke-on-Trent for its inspirational leadership and outstanding approach to student development and welfare.

The report placed particular emphasis on the school’s rapid improvement in results, high quality teaching and the outstanding personal development students receive, including expert careers and guidance offer.

Thistley Hough Academy is one of the most-improved schools in Stoke-on-Trent and now sits in the top 25% of schools across the country for progress

The transformation has been swift, with inspectors noting that the school had “improved considerably” since the last inspection which took place four years ago. Ofsted were keen to highlight the “inspirational leadership” of school principal, Holly Hartley, her senior leadership team and the Creative Education Trust.

The judgement is also matched with an impressive improvement in results. Thistley Hough Academy is one of the most-improved schools in Stoke-on-Trent and now sits in the top 25% of schools across the country for progress (how significantly a student’s results improve between leaving primary school and taking their GCSEs).

The Ofsted inspectors also praised the school for offering “effective, impartial careers advice and guidance”. This includes the school’s partnerships with local businesses, Novus and Hanley Economic and schemes such as Enabling Enterprise. As a result, Ofsted noted that “every Year 11 pupil who has left the school over the past three years has moved on to higher education or employment with training.” 

Holly Hartley, Principal, said, “This is a great moment for everybody at Thistley Hough; staff, students and families. Walking around the school every day, I see great dedication, ambition, high expectations and acts of brilliance and kindness, big and small. This is the Thistley Hough that I know and love and I am delighted that Ofsted saw the same.”

Marc Jordan, Chief Executive, Creative Education Trust, added: “Congratulations to Mrs Hartley, her team and all of the students, for an Ofsted judgement so well deserved. Thistley Hough is a school with a proud past and because of the hard work and dedication of everybody involved, it is a school with a bright future.”

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