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Bishop Creighton Academy

The Bishop Creighton Academy is rapidly improving

Following an inspection on 21 and 22 January 2016, Ofsted has found that the Bishop Creighton Academy has improved rapidly since being taken over by the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust (GDFT) less than a year ago.

Following an inspection on 21 and 22 January 2016, Ofsted has found that the Bishop Creighton Academy has improved rapidly since being taken over by the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust (GDFT) less than a year ago.

Inspectors scrutinised records and documentation, observed lessons and met with pupils, staff and parents to get their views.

The academy was judged to be ‘good’ across three of the five areas; leadership & management; the personal development, behaviour & welfare of pupils; and the early years provision. This is exceptional when you consider that the predecessor school was judged as inadequate when last inspected in January 2014.

The report praises the strong leadership of the Principal and Deputy Principal who have created a positive climate where the academy is improving pupils’ behaviour, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment and pupils’ outcomes. The positive impact of the GDFT, who took over the academy in April 2015, is also recognised and inspectors noted that “the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust provides effective professional support to help sustain the academy’s improvement”.

The inspectors noted that the academy’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is good and as a result pupils know how to stay safe, are confident when talking to others and are proud to take on additional responsibilities. Parents will be particularly keen to read that inspectors found that “the behaviour of pupils is good” and that they are “polite and courteous to each other and to adults”. The report specifically notes how Key Stage 1 pupils say that older pupils are good role models for behaviour.

The early years provision was highly praised and inspectors found that pupils have access to a stimulating and well-resourced environment. More importantly inspectors found that the increasing proportion of children reaching the expected level of development is ensuring that they are better prepared for Year 1.

Whilst the academy still has work to do, inspectors concluded that since the academy was established, “all groups of pupils are now making better progress regardless of their background or ability”. This is quite an achievement when you take into account the fact that many pupils enter the academy with skills below those typical for their age.

We are delighted that Ofsted recognise the amount of progress we have made in such a short space of time. Make we take this opportunity to thank the pupils and staff who have worked tremendously hard and the families who have supported us since the establishment of the Bishop Creighton Academy. We are confident that we have the drive and capacity to sustain further improvements.

The inspection report will be published on the Ofsted website from 9 February 2016.