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Roseberry Academy a 'good' school says Ofsted

The rating follows the institution's first inspection since converting to an academy 

Posted by Julian Owen | March 16, 2018 | Teaching

Roseberry Academy, in Great Ayton, has been rated ‘good’ for overall effectiveness and ‘outstanding’ for personal development, behaviour and welfare, after its first inspection as an academy. 

Inspectors described the school - part of the Enquire Learning Trust (ELT) - as ‘nurturing, inclusive and welcoming’ and said that the pastoral care provided to pupils, including the work of the Family Mentor, was ‘exceptional’. The quality of teaching, learning and assessment was 'good' with ‘strengths in teaching being evident across the school’. 

The Principal’s ‘calm, nurturing vision to do the best for all of the pupils’, was also noted, with teachers and support staff described as ‘dedicated, caring and skilled’. 

Principal Helen Channing said: “The work we have done regarding metacognition and children 'learning how to learn', based upon what we have found from educational research, has been invaluable and led to amazing results. One of the trust’s core principles is to promote collaborative and innovative working across all its academies. 

“Reading a report like this gives me great pleasure and is one of the reasons I love doing this job."

Over the past six and a half years, we have developed a family; a culture of belonging, respect, care and trust. This was certainly noticed by Ofsted, and our parents were keen to talk with them about what the Roseberry family means to them and their children. I firmly believe that once the culture for learning is right, everything else follows. 

One of the inspectors actually commented that Roseberry had moved from ‘zero to hero’ when comparing 2016 and 2017 results. Although success isn’t all about SATs results, the reality is that schools are still judged through their pupil performance data. I am delighted to say that the hard work and dedication of our staff and children resulted in our 2017 results being better than ever, so I would like to take this opportunity of thanking them all.” 

Darren Holmes, ELT’s chief executive added: “Reading a report like this gives me great pleasure and is one of the reasons I love doing this job. The daily educational practice which I have seen at Roseberry on my many visits is impressive, which has resulted in its 2017 SATs results placing it in the top 2% of most improved schools in the country and in the top 3% of schools nationally for its Y1 phonics results, which were 100% in 2017 - an amazing result by any measure. 

We will continue to improve our provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities at the school, which is one of the areas where Ofsted noted we could improve. The measures Helen and her team have put in place are already having an impact. In the meantime, keep up the good work everyone.”

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