Applegarth Junior School jumps from “special measures” to “good” in less than six months

In June 2012, Applegarth Junior School became one of the first schools in the country to move from “special measures” to “good”. The New Addington school’s jump from Ofsted’s lowest category came less than six months after it went into partnership with The STEP Academy Trust.

Samantha Morgan-Price, the HMI leading the inspection, praised the impact of Paul Glover, The STEP Academy Trust Headteacher appointed to lead the school, and the existing Deputy, Alun Evans. “The relentless drive by the senior leadership team, driven by the passionate and highly effective new Headteacher and established Deputy Headteacher, has brought about the considerable changes to pupils’ outcomes”. The support given by the Trust was also highlighted as pivotal. “The excellent partnership with The STEP Academy Trust has resulted in improving teaching, strengthening the capacity at senior and middle leadership and supporting the rapid rise in achievement especially for the more‐able pupils”.

Applegarth Junior School Ofsted Report, June 2012

Croydon Advertiser Article, Monday 23rd July 2012

Gonville Academy judged “good” by Ofsted

Under a new more rigorous Ofsted framework, Gonville Academy was judged to be a “good” school. Graded “good” in all areas, apart from behaviour and safety which was considered “outstanding”, the report is very complimentary about the quality of education offered at the Academy.

It is, however, notable that the framework does not take account of how schools support others. Indeed, Ofsted measures partnerships only in terms of what schools receive rather than what they give. Gonville is currently making representation to the Secretary of State for Education and the Schools Commissioner about the apparent conflict between a key Government policy – that outstanding educational providers should support vulnerable schools – and Ofsted guidelines which do not acknowledge or account for such work. Having worked so successfully in partnership with David Livingstone Academy and Applegarth Junior School, The STEP Academy Trust is concerned that this extraordinary work has not been recognised by Ofsted.

Gonville Academy Ofsted Report, June 2012

Croydon Advertiser Article, Tuesday 24th July 2012