On Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th May Allhallows Primary Academy were visited by OFSTED under a section 5 inspection.
Lucie Wilson has been Principal of the academy since September and her first priority had been to stabilise the school, as over the past few years, the school had seen a high turnover of staff. The school serves the local village community and as a result, the roll is low and split-classes are necessary – these are all factors that make changes more difficult to bring about.
In January the academy joined Leigh Academies and from day one everybody was supported. The school received additional capacity in leadership and support for teachers, as well as a network of colleagues who could support in implementing sustained changes for improvement. Previously, leadership capacity had been limited, due to all of senior leadership team having classes of their own.
The team at Allhallows have embraced changes to planning, marking and assessment, they have taken on board feedback and acted swiftly to transform the learning environments.
The OFSTED visit was a chance for Allhallows Academy to showcase its journey since September. The inspector noted many strengths, particularly the progress that was made by SEN and disadvantaged pupils as well as the improvements to pupil attendance. She was also very complimentary of the changes made to the curriculum through the introduction of the IB PYP.
The academy secured a Good judgement at this inspection.
Ms Wilson said “I must thank all staff and pupils for the part they have played in this improvement journey. I must also thank the additional Trust leaders who have supported changes and enabled impact of these to be seen more rapidly. It is great to know we have the support of everyone and look forward to the future of being a Leigh Academies school.”