By Clair Hill - January 18th, 2023 | Posted in Article

Message from Principal, Annabelle Thomas regarding Unified Academy’s latest Ofsted inspection and report.

It is with absolute pleasure that I share our official Ofsted report

This report is testament to the hard work and dedication from everyone across our school community and illustrates what can be achieved when students, staff and families pull together as a team.

We will use this as a platform to move forward as a school and continue to give the best possible provision to our students.

Here are some highlights from the report:

“Students develop excellent relationships with staff and make friends with each other. Students feel a sense of achievement from learning. One student told the lead inspector, ‘The staff know how to help me here.’ This was a view shared by many. “

“The support pupils receive helps them to become more confident. They learn to manage their emotions and behaviours more effectively.”

“The quality of education at Unified has improved a great deal. Leaders have designed a curriculum that offers students a broad range of learning experiences that help students academically, as well as socially and emotionally.”

“This curriculum is ambitious for pupils and is now preparing them more effectively for the future. Staff are knowledgeable about what they teach and why. Lessons are now taught more consistently across the school. As a result, pupils are learning more effectively and are making up lost ground.”

“Leaders have worked hard to promote a culture of reading and it is now becoming the norm for pupils to read regularly. A range of books are available so that pupils can select books that interest them. Those who struggle to read receive tailored, well-planned support from staff. Phonics intervention is having a positive impact.”

“The personal development programme offers an extensive range of experiences for Students, including boxing, ‘eager entrepreneurs’, coding, gym and photography. Students receive independent careers advice and are well supported when it is time for them to move on.”

“Highly experienced local governors and trustees provide suitable challenge and support to the school. They know the strengths and areas for improvement. They visit regularly to check for themselves. The chief executive officer, his deputy and central teams support the school effectively.”

“The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. There is a strong culture of keeping student safe. Staff have clear roles and responsibilities. The safeguarding team is highly trained and knowledgeable about safeguarding. Leaders regularly discuss pupils to ensure that the right support is in place. Extensive training has led to staff knowing what it is that they need to do if they spot something concerning about a student. Leaders take quick, effective action and work closely with other professionals to ensure that concerns are shared with the right people. Pupils are taught how to stay safe through the curriculum.”

Thank you all for your continued support.

Annabelle Thomas, Principal