A team of Inspectors, led by an HMI spent three days at the Academy at the end of March to conduct the Academy's first inspection. They had many positive comments to make about the Academy and its students. They were particularly impressed with attitude that students showed to their learning, their high levels of motivation and aspiration and the excellent relationships between their peers and their teachers. They also noted the very high examination pass rate for our first cohort of ‘A’ level students and excellent outcomes in terms of University destinations, where every student who wished to gained a university place and one in every three did so at one of the top twenty Universities in the country (the so called Russell Group Universities). This is significantly above the national average of one in five.
However, the Inspectors also judged that overall, the Academy has room for improvement; a judgement with which we agree. Last year (based on our, first, small cohort of students) the average grade achieved per student was a grade ‘C’, which was the Sheffield average, but is slightly below the national average of ‘C+’. This means that progress was slightly slower than expected. As a college we are not satisfied with reaching the Sheffield average in our first year of examinations, nor will we be when we reach the national average.
Our aspirations for all our students are to make outstanding progress so that at least half of each ‘A’ level year group gain a place at a leading or Russell Group University and that 50% of all grades achieved will be in the band of A*-B . The Academy’s leadership has in place all the factors to ensure that we achieve our long term goals as well as maintaining our existing significant strengths, which include highly motivated students, very well qualified staff and a first class, bespoke, newly constructed learning environment.
Interim Headteacher Mr. Ali Jaffer said “I am pleased that the Ofsted report recognises the achievements of our first graduating Y13 students and am equally proud of the potential that the current year 13 students show, with over 70% of them having received at least one offer from one of the UK’s top 25 Universities. We fully accept the report and are looking forward to working with our newly appointed Head teacher, Mr. Dayle Coe in implementing its recommendations.”
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The full Ofsted report should be available via the Ofsted website from 10th May 2017.
The Academy still has some places left for September 2017, for interested Y11s, you can apply now.