Ofsted recognises ‘high-quality learning’ at George Salter Academy as former Regional Schools Commissioner takes the helm

George Salter Academy has a strong start to the new academic year according to a positive Ofsted report.

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Inspectors said that ‘pupils’ engagement in their learning and their behaviour in lessons is of a good standard’ and as a result ‘high-quality learning takes place and pupils are able to demonstrate the progress they make during a lesson’.

During the visit, Ofsted also recognised that ‘staff demonstrate a high level of awareness of their safeguarding responsibilities’ and ‘pupils who spoke with inspectors said that they feel safe and know how to keep themselves safe in a wide range of situations’.

The monitoring report also highlights that ‘senior leadership has been strengthened by the appointment of the principal Pank Patel as well as a number of other measures introduced by the academy’s leadership team and sponsor, Ormiston Academies Trust.

Mr Patel is the former Regional Schools Commissioner for the West Midlands and started the new term as principal at George Salter.  He will build on the foundations noted by Ofsted and the academy’s strong GCSE results over the summer, when 59% of students achieved A*- C grades in both English and Maths. 

Mr Patel has close ties to the Sandwell area and is pleased to have this opportunity to give back to the community by delivering the very best education to young people in the area. He has an outstanding track record of teaching and leading schools in the West Midlands. He was previously head of Wood Green Academy in Wednesbury, where students secured excellent results under his headship. 

Pank Patel, principal at George Salter Academy, said:
"It is a pleasure to have returned to headship, particularly at an academy that serves a community I am passionate about supporting. It’s a great opportunity and I’ve received a warm welcome from students, parents, staff and the central team at OAT. There is so much potential here, as demonstrated by Ofsted’s monitoring report, and I’m looking forward to building on the strong foundations at the academy."
"My absolute focus will be on ensuring every student that comes to George Salter fulfils their potential and enjoys high quality education so they can go on to flourish in later life."

Professor Toby Salt, Chief Executive of OAT, said:
"We are pleased Ofsted has recognised the excellent progress the school is making and are delighted to welcome Pank to the trust. His record speaks for itself and he is a leader of the highest calibre who will support us in our mission to ensure all students enjoy the very best education, whatever their background."