Eaton Bank Academy was inspected by Ofsted between the 7th and 8th May 2015.
We are delighted that the school has been graded as ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ features.
Leadership and management Outstanding
Behaviour and safety of pupils Outstanding
Quality of teaching Good
Achievement of pupils Good
Sixth Form provision Good
Overall Effectiveness Good
Outstanding – Leadership and Management
Ofsted recognised the rapid progress made by the school in recent years, with ‘outstanding leadership and management’ helping to create ‘an exceptional ethos and climate for learning within the school’.
The leadership of teaching was also described as ‘outstanding’ and the curriculum praised as “
innovative and designed to meet the needs of all students”, ensuring pupils are prepared ‘exceptionally well for life in modern Britain and the next phase of their education, training or employment’.
Outstanding – Behaviour and Safety of pupils
We are very proud of all of our students and especially pleased that Ofsted rated our students’ behaviour as ‘outstanding’, stating ‘Students show great pride in the school. Their excellent behaviour and attitudes to learning reflect this’.
The report noted: ‘Students have very positive attitudes to learning, are keen to do well and want to achieve. Staff have very high expectations of students, to which students respond well’. The behaviour of students around the school was praised as ‘exemplary, calm and purposeful’.
The systems and structures put in place to ensure our students remain safe and secure, was also graded as ‘outstanding’ with students feeling ‘Students feel extremely safe and secure as a result.’
Good – Quality of teaching
The Ofsted report praised the rapid improvement in quality of teaching, noting
‘There is an increasing amount of outstanding practice, which is a result of the school’s drive to improve teaching constantly’.
The lessons observed by Ofsted were ‘enjoyable, involve students in their learning and challenge them to make good or better progress’. The positive learning environment ensures that ‘students speak with enthusiasm about the teaching they receive’.
Good – Achievement of pupils
Ofsted noted that the outstanding leadership of the school has contributed to a rapid improvement in achievement: ‘in all key stages, students now make good progress across a wide range of subjects, including in English and mathematics’.
Areas for improvement
We are very proud of our success. We will continue to work hard to further improve and ensure our school is rated as ‘outstanding’ in all areas. The two areas for improvement highlighted by the report were:
– Whilst recognising that ‘written feedback is informative’ this could be developed further by ensuring all ‘students respond fully and swiftly to all written feedback in marking’
– Further improving the attainment and progress of disadvantaged students.
Thanks go to our parent body for their support throughout this process, by either completing Parent View to provide such a positive response or by writing such affirmative letters to the Ofsted team.
We were very proud of all of our students at the Academy; they conducted themselves in an exemplary fashion during the inspection, spoke with great pride about the school and made a positive contribution to learning during lesson observations.
To view our parent feedback click here
For more information on our performance, please visit the OFSTED Data Dashboard
The latest Eaton Bank Academy Ofsted reports can be downloaded below or viewed here http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/138662