‘Good’ school is a study in suc­cess

Stockport Express - - Your Views - EMMA CURRY

STOCK­PORT Academy was judged to be a ‘good’ school in its lat­est Of­sted re­port.

In­spec­tors vis­ited the Chea­dle Heath school in Oc­to­ber and re­ported that it ‘con­tin­ues to be good’.

It praised the ‘strong lead­er­ship team’ put to­gether since the pre­vi­ous in­spec­tion in 2015, adding: “Lead­ers share the head­teacher’s vi­sion to im­prove pupils’ as­pi­ra­tions so that pupils strive to be the best.”

In­spec­tor Erica Shar­man said that systems to mon­i­tor pupils’ progress had been im­proved, how­ever she noted that the progress of dis­ad­van­tage chil­dren had fallen be­low that of pupils na­tion­ally.

Her re­port said that par­ents and car­ers are happy with the school and feel their chil­dren are safe and well looked after. It said that ‘staff are proud to be part of the school com­mu­nity’ and ‘gov­er­nance is strong’, while ‘the trust supports the mem­bers of the gov­ern­ing body in their role and gov­er­nors ben­e­fit from reg­u­lar train­ing’.

Con­cerns over ex­clu­sions from school had been ad­dressed since the last in­spec­tion and Ms Shar­man said prin­ci­pal Janine McCann and her be­hav­iour team had ‘worked hard to help pupils to man­age their own be­hav­iour’.

“As a re­sult, pupils’ be­hav­iour has im­proved sig­nif­i­cantly,” she added.

In or­der to im­prove, the re­port said teach­ers should ‘use as­sess­ment more ef­fec­tively to plan ac­tiv­i­ties to meet the needs of dis­ad­van­taged pupils and move their progress closer to the progress of other pupils na­tion­ally’ and should ‘fur­ther re­duce the pro­por­tion of pupils ex­cluded for a fixed pe­riod’.

Mrs McCann said: “Ev­ery­one across the academy is de­lighted with this re­port, which recog­nises the sig­nif­i­cant progress we have made in re­cent years. The in­spec­tors have given us a hugely en­cour­ag­ing re­port in which they have no­ticed the sig­nif­i­cant steps for­ward we have taken in pupil achieve­ment, be­hav­iour and at­ten­dance.

“Th­ese im­prove­ments are down to the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of our fan­tas­tic staff who work tire­lessly for our pupils. This re­port is tes­ta­ment to all our staff who, as the in­spec­tors rightly said, are so val­ued.”

●●Stock­port Academy prin­ci­pal Janine McCann (right) cel­e­brat­ing the school’s Of­sted re­sult with head boy Al­fie Jack Lut­ley and head girl Ge­or­gia Beau­mont

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