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Good Progress Being Made at The Blyth Academy Say Ofsted

31st Jan 2014

Good Progress Being Made at The Blyth Academy Say Ofsted

Ofsted Inspectors say The Blyth Academy is making significant improvements across the board following a monitoring visit earlier this month.

When the school was under the control of the Local Authority it was placed into special measures following an Ofsted inspection in 2012. It subsequently converted into an academy in October 2013 under the sponsorship of Northern Education Trust and since then has made significant progress at all levels.

Key findings set out in a letter to the principal, Alison Jobling, from Ofsted Inspector, Lee Northern stated that:

  • significant strides are being taken to improve the academy,
  • senior leaders have worked hard to establish higher expectations and clarity of purpose across all aspects of the academy?s work
  • key actions have been taken which are securing the foundations for further improvement
  • rates of progress are rising for all groups of students.

Leaders at the academy were also acknowledged for their contribution to ensuring a greater focus on the evaluation and improvement of teaching and to students? achievement and behaviour.

Principal, Ms Jobling said: ?We are delighted that Her Majesty?s Inspectors have validated that actions are securing the foundations for further development,ensuring higher expectations and clarity of purpose.

?Everyone involved with the school - the students, parents, governors, our sponsors and the community ? are working hard to achieve this transformation and I would like to thank them for their continued support.

?Moving forward we have a clearly defined strategy in place to make the further improvements that are needed to deliver a high class education for all of our students.

Les Walton, CBE, Chair of Northern Education Trust and also Chair of the newly formed Board of Governors at The Blyth Academy commended the students and staff on the improvements that have been achieved in the first twelve weeks since the academy opened. He said: ?Everyone at The Blyth Academy should be proud of the improvements they have achieved in a short space of time.

?I was particularly delighted that the Inspectors reported, ?most of the students are now taking greater pride in themselves, their work and their academy?, as it is the students? commitment that will help to secure the right foundations for further improvements.?