Ormiston Meadows Academy praised by Ofsted as 'a rapid improving school'

Ofsted inspectors have praised Meadows as a ‘rapidly improving school,’ rating it ‘Good’ in a number of key areas since coming under the headship of Jean Watt in September 2015.


The report states that Principal Jean Watt and the leadership team have brought ‘renewed energy and direction,’ alongside the ‘range of expertise and strategic direction’ from OAT, bringing a positive impact on the progress pupils make.  In the latest report, the school, in Matley, Peterborough, was rated as good in three of the five areas assessed – behaviour and welfare, leadership and early years provision – and rated requires improvement overall.

Meadows was highly praised for its work with students with special educational needs and disadvantaged pupils, which was described as ‘highly effective and fully inclusive.’  The leadership team’s focus on increasing attendance and behaviour has paid off, said inspectors, with attendance continuing to improve, and pupils’ behaviour being deemed as ‘good and respectful, both in lessons and at playtimes.’ The report said the school’s early years provisions were good, and that the start of the year for children is carefully planned, leadership is strong, and teaching, learning and assessment are good.

The report is the latest positive development in the school’s journey, coming a few months after the academy celebrated its best ever results in phonics and the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Jean Watt, Principal at Ormiston Meadows Academy said:

"We are really pleased that Ofsted have recognised the improvements we are making at the academy. There is still work to do, but we will continue to push forward with recommendations made, and will work relentlessly to ensure we deliver the best outcomes for every pupil."

Toby Salt, Chief Executive of Ormiston Academies Trust said:

"We are delighted with the progress being made at Ormiston Meadows Academy. School improvement doesn’t happen overnight but we have the right team in place to drive the school forward. With the support of the fantastic teaching staff, we look forward to seeing the school continuing to improve year on year."
The full Ofsted report can be found here.