It is with great happiness that I will be writing to all parents and carers today to share the wonderful news that Olive AP Academy – Thurrock has been rated by Ofsted as “Good” in all aspects of our work with young people. Ofsted inspectors visited the academy on 4th and 5th December 2018 and the new inspection report has been published today.
I am pleased to be able to share with you the key findings of the report which states that “senior leaders have created a safe environment in which previously reluctant learners feel secure and are able to focus on their learning” and “the school has worked relentlessly over the last year to boost the achievement of all groups of pupils in all subjects.”
The full report is published on Ofsted’s website: https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/22/140861. If you would like a paper copy of the report or if you would like the report emailed to you please contact the academy office. The grades that can be awarded by Ofsted are Outstanding (1), Good (2), Requires Improvement (3), Inadequate (4). You can access an Ofsted guide for parents about school inspections here : https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-inspections-a-guide-for-parents
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all parents and carers for their support and the positive feedback they gave inspectors during their visit to the academy. The inspectors commented in their report that parents and carers of young people attending the academy had told them “their children are safe, well looked after and taught well. One parent stated, ‘This has been the saving of my son and will be the making of him.’”
Here are some of the key findings about our academy from the latest Ofsted report:
o Pupils’ welfare and their personal development are given a high priority. Pupils behave well in lessons, enjoy class discussions and take pride in their work.
o Leaders are determined that pupils have the best opportunity to develop into good citizens.
o Senior leaders and staff work hard to raise the aspirations of pupils who may not have had positive previous experiences of school.
o Senior leaders have created a culture of respect throughout the school. They are ambitious for all pupils to succeed. Pupils who have not always had positive experiences in their previous schools develop trust and respect for staff.
o Teachers work effectively with pupils to provide them with a high level of care and help them to achieve well.
o Disadvantaged pupils and those with SEND are provided with the support they need to achieve well. One pupil expressed the views of many saying, ‘teachers don’t give up on us.’
o The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is good.
This latest Ofsted inspection report is testament to all the hard work of our staff and students which has taken the academy on a journey from special measures to an Ofsted judgment of ‘Good’ in all areas in just 22 months. Ofsted scrutinized every aspect of our work during their latest visit to the academy and their final report shows how the academy is going from strength to strength. We remain ambitious for our students and our work to continue improving the academy doesn’t stop now.