George Salter Academy praised as ‘Good’ by Ofsted

George Salter Academy has been praised by Ofsted for its culture of high expectations, which has led to sustained improvement and exemplary practice. 

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The report commends the principal, senior leaders, governors and OAT for successfully driving improvements at the academy.

Alongside good leadership and management, inspectors also in particular highlighted the quality of teaching and learning, the resulting strong outcomes for students and the exemplary culture of safeguarding, with students benefiting from high levels of care and support. Ofsted said the academy’s safeguarding procedures are used as best practice across OAT’s network of academies. Behaviour is judged to be good and students value the high levels of staff supervision.

The report recognised the positive learning environment being championed at the academy, praising the teachers for their lively and enthusiastic attitude which they said was infectious. As a result, students are keen to learn. The curriculum also meets the needs and aspirations of students, preparing them well for their next steps in education and beyond.

The report highlights the positive way in which the academy continues to benefit from support provided by Ormiston Academies Trust.  Additionally, leaders benefit significantly from having well-established networks with colleagues in other academies across the Trust.

Academic achievement for students in the sixth form at the academy was recognised by inspectors, with the qualifications attained in 2016 being well above the national average. Progress in psychology, business, law and history was particularly praised for being outstanding. The strong improvements across all areas at the school follow its rating of inadequate, in March 2016.

The report also highlights that:

  • The well-planned programme of careers information, advice and guidance raises aspirations and provides pupils with information and experience about the options available to them
  • Leaders ensure that the academy offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities including sports and arts clubs, in line with OAT’s Enrichment Charter which champions students’ social and cultural opportunities
  • There are clear procedures in place for identifying pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities before they start at the school, and once they are there, so that they can progress

Pank Patel, Principal at George Salter Academy said:

"I am delighted that George Salter Academy has been rated Good across the board. Ofsted have picked out so many strong areas, and I am very proud of everyone connected with the academy for this achievement – our excellent staff, our hard-working students, and our supportive parents.

"The rating reflects a genuine team effort, as well as the emphasis we place on improving opportunities for all our students, whatever their background, and delivering the highest quality of education."

Jason Howard, Regional Director of Ormiston Academies Trust, said:

"George Salter Academy is an excellent school, with Ofsted holding it up as exemplary in a number of areas. We will continue to work hard with the academy as it goes from strength to strength, and progresses to a rating of outstanding."

 

To view the full report click here.