Ormiston Meadows Academy celebrates success in glowing Ofsted report

Students and staff at Ormiston Meadows Academy are celebrating after receiving a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating in all categories, in its latest report published today.

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Inspectors praised the effective leadership of the academy’s Principal, Jean Watt, alongside the senior leadership team, Board of Governors and its sponsor, Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), for their tireless work and drive to ensure that the school has continually improved since its last inspection in September 2016.

The report recognised how leaders have driven improvement in outcomes for pupils, resulting in pupils making strong progress from all starting points and achievement improving consistently since the last inspection to the highest outcomes yet in 2018.

The academy was also commended for its work to bridge the gap in outcomes, with the effective use of additional funding to ensure differences between the progress of disadvantaged pupils and other pupils are reducing. In terms of its early years provision, the academy was highly praised for the provision it provides from the moment a child joins aged four.

Inspectors said that the academy has created a safe and nurturing environment, supported by clear routines and high expectations that always consider the social and emotional development of the children. Inspectors also highlighted the positive relationships between staff and pupils at the academy, which are built on mutual respect that encourages pupils’ confidence and self-esteem.

The report also noted the inclusive nature of the academy, which ensures that pupils needs, including those with special education needs and/or disabilities, are met and that students make good progress as a result of the support provided. Other key areas of success highlighted in the report include:

  • The curriculum is well-planned, providing rich and varied experiences to help pupils develop their knowledge across a range of subjects.
  • The committed Board of Governors make a good contribution to helping the school to improve and share the vision of leaders.
  • The proactive work of the pastoral team provides good support for both families and pupils, and pupils feels safe and are well cared for. This sentiment was reflected amongst many of the parents that inspectors spoke to.

The glowing Ofsted report follows a successful year for the academy, which, in December, celebrated being ranked as the top primary school in Peterborough for progress, following the release of league tables from the Department for Education.

Jean Watt, Principal at Ormiston Meadows Academy, said:

"We are delighted that Ofsted has recognised our progress with a Good rating in all categories. The report, and the rating, is a real testament to the hard work of the entire school community, from our hard-working students and committed staff members and parents, to our supportive sponsor, Ormiston Academies Trust.

"We will be continuing to work hard to build on our success, and on the fantastic results achieved this summer. We look forward to entering this new and exciting chapter for Ormiston Meadows Academy, as we endeavour to provide all our pupils with the highest quality education and opportunities possible, in order for them to fulfil their potential."

Nick Hudson, CEO of Ormiston Academies Trust, said:

"This is a well-deserved achievement for Ormiston Meadows Academy and I am thrilled that their continued improvement has been confirmed in today’s report.

"We look forward to supporting the school as it continues to be a high-performing academy of choice in the community and as it continues to build positively on its achievements to date."