Ormiston Endeavour’s transformational success confirmed with ‘Good’ Ofsted

Students and staff at Ormiston Endeavour Academy are celebrating success after it was rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted.

Endeavour artist's impression

Over the last two years the academy has seen significant improvements with Principal Christine Woods, who was appointed in 2015, working alongside OAT’s leadership team to drive forward progress at the academy. This was recognised by inspectors who praised her effective leadership in the report. Inspectors said the determined leadership of Christine has transformed Ormiston Endeavour Academy into a vastly different school from the one that was inspected two years ago.

Ofsted also said that OAT had accelerated improvements by providing focused and effective support for the academy, with clear lines of accountability provided by the Trust which filter into each classroom. This has led to the academy being in a strong place to sustain and build on recent improvements. This year the academy is also set to benefit from the construction of new state-of-the-art buildings, which will further enhance the education on offer to students.  

The changes have had a positive impact on students, with the report saying the leadership team has driven improvements in the quality of teaching and in the day-to-day life of pupils. Students are now motivated to do well, show pride in their work and are determined to succeed. This is reflected by significant improvements in student attainment, with the percentage of students achieving a Grade C or above in English and Maths jumping from 39% in 2015 to 54% in 2016.

The report also says that:

  • Teaching and learning are good because teachers plan work well so that pupils with different aptitudes and abilities are suitably engaged and challenged
  • Student behaviour is good and attitudes to learning have significantly improved over the past 18 months
  • The academy trust has provided the right level of support to bolster staffing and assist and advise the principal
    A good range of extra-curricular activities gives pupils opportunities to develop wider interests and personal qualities that build their self-confidence and skills
  • Additional support for students with special needs or disabilities is effective, enabling them to reach their potential

Ormiston Endeavour Academy has been able to effectively collaborate with a network of OAT academies in the region, drawing on the specialist expertise of OAT staff and sharing new ways of working for the benefit of the students.

Principal at Ormiston Endeavour Academy, Christine Woods, said: "We are thrilled to have achieved a ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted. The achievement reflects the hard work, energy and determination that the staff and students at Ormiston Endeavour have shown, to drive improvement at the academy. It is a real team effort. It is brilliant to see our students’ huge potential being realised and we look forward to continuing to drive up educational standards and ensuring all our students have the best possible opportunities to succeed in life."

Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Dr Dan Poulter said: "I am delighted to hear that Ormiston Endeavour Academy has been awarded 'Good' in their latest Ofsted rating and this is testament to the hard work and dedication of staff and students across the school.  This latest result will surely serve to further motivate staff and pupils alike and I look forward to visiting the school very soon to see first-hand the improvements and to congratulate the team on their achievements."

Professor Toby Salt, Chief Executive of Ormiston Academies Trust, said: "Ormiston Endeavour Academy is a real success story, exemplifying strong and committed leadership at all levels of the Trust as well as the hard work of staff and students at the academy. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the school to ensure that the significant improvements that have been already been achieved are sustained and furthered."