“The curriculum is well organised and helps pupils to build up knowledge well” – a Bridlington school makes improvements following last Ofsted inspection and is now a ‘good’ school

Monday, January 27, 2020

Ofsted visit highlights improvements at Quay Academy since last inspection, and moves it from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘good’

Quay Academy, part of the David Ross Education Trust, was praised by Ofsted inspectors following a recent inspection for its ‘interesting, varied and fun’ curriculum, the ‘impeccable behaviour’ of pupils in school and ‘good culture of safeguarding’. The school had previously been rated as ‘good’ for its early years provision and is now recognised at this level across the board.

Ofsted’s full inspection report can be read here.

Ofsted notes that improvements have been put in place since its last inspection (in September 2017) and, in particular, found that:

  • The curriculum is well organised and helps pupils to build up knowledge well;
  • In class, expectations are high, and pupils are eager to do their best;
  • The principal and her senior team know the school well. Teachers are dedicated and very happy working in the school;
  • Staff have had first-class training, so that there are many reading experts in school;
  • Pupils are proud to take up positions of responsibility, such as being school councilors;
  • In school, where there is structure and pupils are crystal clear about expectations, behaviour is impeccable;
  • Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) achieve well. Good support is put in place to help pupils keep up;
  • (Pupils) say that the best things in school are the choir, music and sports activities;
  • (In Reception) Children soon become confident in recognising numbers and shapes and making simple mathematical calculations, including those with SEND; and
  • (In Reception) Careful records are kept, which ensures that any pupils who start to struggle are helped to catch up.

The report also highlights that there is a good culture of safeguarding in the school. Staff have good relationships with parents, and all pupils say that there is always an adult to turn to if they have any concerns or feel upset.

Caroline Broadhead, Acting Principal at Quay Academy, said:

“We are delighted with the inspection report and that our hard work and determination has been recognised. I’m thrilled that we moved up to a ‘good’ school and I look forward to developing further as a school. We have made improvements and it shows in our fantastic results from the last couple of years. I feel positive in that our school is only going to progress from this point forward.”