Thetford Academy making ‘Reasonable Progress’ say Ofsted inspectors

Thetford news from the Bury Free Press
Thetford news from the Bury Free Press

Thetford Academy which was placed on special measures in February, is making ‘Reasonable progress’ a latest Ofsted inspection has found.

The Croxton Road school was re-inspected last month for a monitoring report.

The full report has not yet been made public but the school said inspectors told them they are making ‘Reasonable progress’.

Adrian Ball, executive principal at the academy, described the outcome as great news.

“It is just a brilliant step forward for the academy and it is recognition for the students and staff that we are going in the right direction,” Mr Ball said.

The school, which has about 1,300 pupils recently moved into a new £19 million building.

Mr Ball said inspectors found standards are rising across the board and that significant changes had taken place.

Students were found to be making better progress and intervention programmes were said to be having significant success, he added.

Behaviour has improved and students were said to feel safe and happy that concerns about bullying are being addressed, Mr Ball said.

Inspectors were said to have witnessed good teaching, found exclusions down and attitudes improving.

As a result the academy is now allowed to appoint newly qualified teachers again.

Mr Ball, who became executive principal in September was also praised.

The academy website carries comments from the inspectors who said: “The new principal, ably supported by the senior leaders and governors, has rapidly created a positive ethos in the academy, where aspirations for all students are high.”

Mr Ball said: “Hopefully this report will give people confidence that we are headed in the right way and have stopped the slide.”

The academy is sponsored by The Inspiration Trust.

Rachel de Souza, chief executive of the Inspiration Trust said: “We want to get the school to outstanding in three years.

“We won’t give up until we achieve that.”

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