Since the Section 8 monitoring visit in October 2018, Tree Tops had been expecting a full Section 5 inspection. They received the phone call on Monday 10th June 2019 and the inspection took place on 11th and 12th.
Tree Tops was the only LAT academy not yet judged “good” or better. In HMCI’s 2018 Annual Report, it was identified as a school that had not been judged “good” since 2005. In fact, there are no records of this ever having happened since the school opened in 1974. This inspection was therefore crucial to the continuing progression of the school and to its reputation, as well as to the well-being and morale of the whole school community.
The feedback given at the end of the inspection was very encouraging. Emotions were high and more than one adult shed a happy tear or two. This positive Ofsted outcome is a significant validation of the hard work invested by all the pupils and staff at Tree Tops. One of the key strengths of the school is the way that teams of people work together so efficiently and support one another in challenging situations. Special thanks go to Denise White, Principal, Stefan Bishop, Vice-Principal, and Charlotte McLeish, Assistant Principal, who have been pivotal to Tree Tops’ improvement.
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