At the beginning of the Summer term, Breakwater Academy was visited by Ofsted; the school’s first inspection since joining STEP Academy Trust in September 2016. We are pleased to confirm that, following the rigorous two-day inspection, Ofsted judged Breakwater Academy to be Good. Previously, the school had only ever received Inadequate and Requires Improvement ratings.
Inspectors recognised that the school has undergone significant changes since joining STEP: “Since academisation in 2016, leaders have successfully driven improvements because they have implemented clear strategies and raised aspirations for all pupils.” The very effective leadership of Zoe Griffiths (Headteacher), supported by Tim Mills (Executive Headteacher), was rightly highlighted.
The personal development, behaviour and welfare of the children was also noted, something staff have been working on since 2016: “The academy’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is good.” and “Pupils are polite, respectful and friendly to one another and to staff. They work hard in lessons and discuss their thinking and opinions confidently and respectfully, know their views are valued.”