Stoke Primary Academy was visited by Ofsted on the 14th and 15th January under section 5. The academy had a previous judgement of ‘requires improvement’ and had not been judged to be a good school since 2002!
During the course of the inspection, inspectors visited many classes across the school, including our year 5 and 6 pupils, who are currently based at Allhallows Primary Academy. We were absolutely delighted with the overall outcome: the academy now has a ‘good’ judgement overall with ‘outstanding’ leadership and management.
As the report explains: ‘Pupils enjoy learning and…school leaders are aspirational for pupils.’ It is clear that all learners make progress and the academy works hard to support those with special educational needs, through both in-class support and intervention to support pupils’ wellbeing.
Inspectors celebrated the recent rapid improvements following the implementation of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. They stated: ‘Leaders have created an ambitious curriculum and pupils experience a broad range of subjects that fire their interest.’ It was very gratifying to have our passion for developing individuals within our curriculum recognised in the report. As the report further acknowledged: ‘The wider curriculum helps pupils to see themselves as global citizens.’ As a rural school, we actively encourage our pupils to engage with the national and international community, by looking at issues that affect others around them both near and far.
Inspectors recognised that the leadership team, both within the academy itself and across the Trust more broadly, understands the school well and has focussed support correctly, in areas where it has been needed most, to secure rapid improvement.
I am incredibly proud of this outcome and of the hard work that staff, pupils and parents alike have invested to ensure that the great things now happening at Stoke are duly recognised.