Wath Academy jumps two Ofsted grades

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A SCHOOL placed in special measures over its “unacceptable” education standards and poor leadership has jumped two Ofsted grades in six years.

Wath Academy was rated inadequate when inspectors visited in 2017 but is now classed as good – and very close to reaching outstanding.

The 1,972-pupil comprehensive became an academy and joined Maltby Learning Trust after the scathing report six years ago.

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Now an inspection found the school to be outstanding in four of five categories, giving an overall good grade.

The new Ofsted report says: “Pupils learn to have the highest expectations of success at this inclusive school.

“They aim to achieve standards of high aspirations, act with integrity and adopt a positive mindset in all they do.

“Pupils are reminded of these standards in all aspects of school life, including throughout the sixth form.”

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Principal Liam Ransome said: “We are absolutely thrilled with our latest report and see this as a significant step forward for the academy.

“Although we are delighted with the outcome, we see this as just the start of our exciting journey.

“Staff, students, parents and carers have put in a tremendous amount of hard work and thoroughly deserve the positive report.”

The report says the school’s sixth form, leadership, personal development and pupil behaviour are excellent. Quality of education is rated as good.

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Personal development was highlighted as exemplary, with youngsters taught life skills which prepare them well for the outside world.

The report says: “For example, they learn about relationships, finances, mental health and fundamental British values.

“They learn to debate controversial issues that involve morality and diversity and provide balanced arguments.”

The school – celebrating its centenary this year – was also praised for pupils being “calm and orderly” in their conduct, while the staff are described by Ofsted as being well-trained and enthusiastic.

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Mr Ransome added: “There are so many positives to take from this inspection, from the way our students behave, learn, and succeed, to the excellent teachers who are recognised as being well trained and enthusiastic.

“We are extremely proud of this outcome, and we know that our students, staff and the wider community will be too.”

Ofsted said school leaders should ensure that assessment is consistently used to identify weaknesses and help pupils improve.

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