Hawkes Farm Academy judged Good with Outstanding features

At the beginning of this term, Hawkes Farm Academy was inspected by Ofsted, the school’s first inspection since joining STEP in September 2016.

We are pleased to confirm that, following the rigorous two-day inspection, Ofsted judged Hawkes Farm Academy to be Good with Outstanding features.  Inspectors recognised that the school has undergone significant changes since joining STEP: “Since joining the school, the headteacher, supported by senior leaders and the multi-academy trust, has brought about substantial and sustained improvements to all aspects of the school’s work.” Of course, particular praise should be reserved for the outstanding leadership of Mr Meek and his senior team.   It is pleasing too that Ofsted recognised the impact of governance: “The multi-academy trust is relentless in its pursuit of the highest possible standards of teaching, academic achievement and behaviour for this school.”

The personal development, behaviour and welfare of the children was also recognised, something staff have been working on since 2016: “The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding.” and “The behaviour of pupils is outstanding.” We are delighted too that Early Years was judged to be Outstanding.

Tudor Academy judged Good by Ofsted

Last term Tudor Academy was visited by Ofsted, their first inspection since Wolsey Junior and Wolsey Infant and Nursery Schools were amalgamated in September 2018.

We are pleased to confirm that, following the rigorous two-day inspection, Ofsted judged Tudor Academy to be Good in all areas.  Inspectors recognised that the school has undergone significant changes since the previous inspection: “Trustees, governors and leaders have an accurate understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the school.”

Clearly, such an outcome cannot be achieved without very effective leadership. Mrs Majumdar and her team are praised: “Trustees, governors and leaders have high expectations and aspirations for the school”. It is pleasing too that Ofsted recognised the impact of STEP Academy Trust’s values: “The trust’s values of passion, urgency, positivity, aspiration and commitment permeate throughout the school.”

Applegarth Academy confirmed Good by Ofsted

As Applegarth was judged Good at its last Ofsted, it was the subject of a short, one-day inspection designed to determine whether the school continues to offer a high quality education. We are, therefore, delighted to share Ofsted’s conclusion that Applegarth has “demonstrated strong practice and marked improvement in specific areas”. This is the best possible outcome under the current framework.

The many strengths of Applegarth Academy were recognised, including “the high quality leadership” of Mr Halliwell and Mrs Daly, who are “supported by a very capable team of senior leaders and expert teaching and support staff.”  Together, they have created a culture at Applegarth Academy which “is aspirational and successfully motivates staff and pupils to strive for success.”