KNUTSFORD Academy is celebrating after being awarded a ‘good’ rating in its latest Ofsted inspection.

The report, which was sent to governors and parents, shines a light on the Academy for its ‘ambition’ and track record since the last inspection in November 2011.

The inspectors, who visited the Academy on Tuesday, March 2, also pointed out that the results are in line with national figures,

“I’m delighted that Ofsted has recognised the Academy’s successes,” said Mike Cladingbowl, executive principal at the Academy. “I was particularly pleased to see that they noted the tremendous strides made in the last few months and that we are well on way to being outstanding. We have been focusing on doing the right things well including going back to the important basics.

“In all my years of experience, I’ve rarely seen a report that confirms so clearly that things are well on track and that we should keep on doing what we’re doing.”

During the inspection, members of the authority visited lessons, spoke to staff and students and took accounts of parents’ views.

The report noted that students feel safe, behaviour is good or better than before and that teachers are knowledgeable and promote positive attitudes in students.

Referring to the leadership of the Academy, the report said: “You are highly ambitious for the school and have communicated this effectively to staff, parents and pupils.

“Staff and pupils comment that the school has improved significantly in recent months. For example, one member of staff wrote that the ‘back to basics’ approach of the last 12 months has had an enormous impact on the learning of pupils.”

“Another wrote that it, ‘feels like a school that is going places’. Parents hold similarly positive views: for example, over 90% of the 86 respondents to the Ofsted online questionnaire believe that their children make good progress and are well looked after.”

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