Ormiston Sudbury Academy’s continued success confirmed by Ofsted

Ormiston Sudbury Academy in Suffolk had its strong and positive reputation confirmed when Ofsted rated it ‘Good’ in all categories.

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Inspectors praised the academy’s leadership team for maintaining the good quality of education since its last inspection, when it was rated Good in 2014. The report highlighted how strong and passionate leadership at the academy was focused on providing all students with the best possible education, both inside and outside the classroom.

The Principal, Caroline Wilson, and the leadership team were commended on their commitment to providing a broad and balanced curriculum, which has allowed students to experience a wide range of learning opportunities. Inspectors also ecognised the high expectations of staff and students at the academy, which is reflected in the academy’s achievements.

The inspectors praised the effective support and challenge provided to the academy by its sponsor, Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), and the local governing body. The report references the strong links across the trust at both governance and leadership levels, which provide welcome additional expertise and assist the academy in reviewing its progress and planning for next steps.

The report also highlights a number of other key areas:

  • The academy has taken decisive action to make important curriculum changes – providing additional time for English and mathematics across the school and enabling the most-able pupils to spend longer studying GCSE science. As a result of this, students’ overall progress at the end of key stage 4 has been in line with or above the national average for the last three years.
  • Leaders and staff have share the same vision for the school, and are proud of the wide range of support that students receive. They say that the smaller size of the school is its greatest asset, as it enables all pupils to be known as individuals.
  • The academy’s particular focus on improving students’ progress in mathematics and science has led to significant improvements in both subjects.
  • As a result of leaders’ action, the progress of students currently in the sixth form is good and improving. Where progress is particularly strong, it is a result of teachers’ high levels of subject knowledge which they use effectively to question students, offer support and provide additional challenge.
  • Positive relationships between staff and students mean that students are confident to take risks, while teachers’ planning is effective in taking into account students’ different starting points.

Caroline Wilson, Principal at Ormiston Sudbury Academy, said:

"We are absolutely delighted that Ofsted has again rated Ormiston Sudbury Academy as Good. The report is a real testament to the hard work of our talented students, dedicated staff and our whole community; we look forward to continued success and sustaining our high standards."

Nick Hudson, Chief Executive Officer at Ormiston Academies Trust, said:

"We are so pleased that the continued success at Ormiston Sudbury Academy has been confirmed in the Ofsted report, it is hugely deserved. We look forward to continuing to support the academy as it pushes to achieve even greater heights."