Kirk Balk Academy

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OFSTED report - Autumn 2017

23rd Nov 2017

OFSTED report - Autumn 2017

Ofsted Recognise that the Effectiveness of Leadership and Management and the Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare of Students are 'Good!'

I am delighted to be able to announce that inspectors judged the effectiveness of leadership and management of the academy as being 'good' and they recognised the many positives of the academy and the impact leaders are having in terms of improving outcomes and raising standards.

The report states that the 'impact of leadership is most notable in pupils' positive attitudes towards learning and the calm and purposeful atmosphere around the school' and this is substantiated in inspectors also judging the personal development, behaviour and welfare of students as being 'good'.

Whilst inspectors state that the academy 'requires improvement' overall, governors believe that many positives can be taken from the report. With a judgment of 'good' for the effectiveness of leadership and management, as well as for personal development, behaviour and welfare, there is evidence that the direction of travel towards sustainable school improvement is now firmly established.

We would like to reassure all students, parents and carers that we ourselves, recognise that work is still necessary to ensure consistency in the outcomes of all students and we will not be satisfied until we are judged as being 'outstanding' across the board.

Our unwavering goal is to eradicate all variability in our performance which means that our standards of teaching, learning and assessment will, without exception, be of the highest quality. I believe personally that our vision and action plan will enable us to achieve this and we will not stop until we realise our ambitions for our great students.

We were pleased that Ofsted inspectors noted that our new academy motto of 'No Limits', launched at the start of this academic year, has set the scene for underpinning our improvement planning and actions. They said that the 'actions taken to address weaknesses are having a positive impact on improving the quality of teaching and learning across the school and raising outcomes'.

As ever, we would be happy to discuss the contents of the report with parents should anyone wish to make an appointment. For now, parents are advised that the report will be made available on our website from 9:00am on Friday 24th November and will subsequently appear on the Ofsted Website on Wednesday 29th November.

The full report can be accessed by clicking here