“The leadership team is ambitious and committed to securing rapid improvements”” – Boston school makes improvements following last Ofsted inspection

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Ofsted visit highlights improvements at Thomas Middlecott Academy since last inspection, and moves up from ‘inadequate’ to ‘requires improvement’

Thomas Middlecott Academy, part of David Ross Education Trust, was praised for putting rapid improvements in place after receiving a detailed report from Ofsted following its recent inspection in June.  The school has shown improvement across the board, with moving up from ‘inadequate’ to ‘requires improvement’ with a positive outlook for further developments.

Ofsted’s inspection report can be read here.

Ofsted report has shown that improvements have been put in place since the last inspection and noted the below:

  • ‘Pupils are currently making better progress than in the recent past.’
  • ‘The recently appointed principal leads the school with unwavering determination.’
  • ‘The leadership team is ambitious and committed to securing rapid improvement at the school.’
  • ‘Attendance has improved rapidly and is above average’
  • ‘Opportunities for extra-curricular participation are good, particularly in sport and music.’
  • ‘Leaders are realistic about the rapid improvements that are necessary and have constructed an action plan that directly prioritises previous weaknesses.’
  • ‘Leaders have made changes to the curriculum to ensure that all pupils study a range of subjects to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills, particularly at key stage 3.’
  • ‘The governance of the school is strengthening. The recently appointed chair of the local governing body (LGB) has a good overall understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the school.’
  • ‘The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.’
  • ‘Leaders ensure that staff, including those that are new to the school, are well trained.’
  • ‘The quality of teaching, learning and assessment has improved since the last inspection’
  • ‘The provision and support for pupils who speak English as an additional language are particularly effective.’
  • ‘Attendance has improved year on year. Leaders have taken decisive action to ensure good attendance.’
  • ‘New strategies have been implemented for pupils in Year 7 who require additional support to catch up in their development of literacy and numeracy skills.’

Jo Myhill-Johnson, Principal at Thomas Middlecott Academy, said “We delighted that our hard work and determination has been recognised in the recent report. We have made some fantastic changes and I look forward to developing further as a school. We have made improvements in a short period of time so I feel positive in that our school is only going to progress from this point forward.”