Ofsted 2013

The Vale Academy Ofsted Inspection, March 2013

Achievement and Teaching : Good with Outstanding features
Behaviour and Safety : Outstanding
Leadership and Management : Outstanding

Staff and governors, were absolutely delighted with the judgements awarded in the March 2013 Ofsted inspection. The Senior Leadership Team, the governors and all staff wish to thank all parents for their on-going support. We are exceptionally proud of our students and their achievements.

The following extracts from the report written by Robert Jones, lead inspector, provide a summary :

This is a good school.

  • Students’ achievement is good and in some subjects, they make outstanding progress from their starting points in Year 7.
  • Disabled students and those who have special educational needs make outstanding progress, as a result of first-rate attention to their needs.

  • The quality of teaching is improving rapidly. Most students speak in glowing terms about how teachers go out of their way ‘to make learning fun, but hard’.

  • In some subjects, teaching is of exceptionally high quality and among the best that inspectors had seen.

  • The sixth form is good. Students make good progress by the time they leave in Year 13.

  • Behaviour and safety are exemplary. Inspectors were impressed with students’ maturity, their awareness of how to stay safe and how considerate they were towards each other and to adults.

  • Academy leaders rigorously check the quality of teaching. Where weaknesses are detected, improvements are quickly put into place.

  • The principal knows each student well, is highly visible around the academy and leads by example. Her inspirational leadership has led to sustainable and impressive improvements since the academy opened.

  • The governing body provides exceptional challenge to all aspects of the academy’s work and has been instrumental in bringing about improvement.

View our Ofsted report on the Ofsted web site.