Newbold's Outwood Academy moves out of special measures

Outwood Academy Newbold has moved out of Special Measures and is now rated Good by Ofsted– with some areas graded outstanding.

Students at the academy make progress that is "substantially higher than the expected level", according to the inspection report made by Ofsted following their visit to the academy last month.

Principal Steve Roberts said: "This is a wonderful Ofsted report which pays testament to all the hard work put in by students, staff and families in this community over the last three years.

"I am extremely proud of what the students, staff, families and governors have achieved in making Outwood Academy Newbold such a high-performing academy which takes students of all backgrounds and abilities and helps them to reach their potential."

Highlights from the report include:

• Pupils behave well and their conduct in lessons and around the school is often exemplary.
• Pupils told inspectors that they feel safe in the school. They spoke with confidence about who they would turn to if they needed support.
• Pupils are encouraged to take up the many enrichment activities that are on offer. Currently around two thirds of pupils regularly attend these activities.
• Pupils in the Autism Resource Centre are provided for exceptionally well.
• When asked about their favourite subjects, a significant number of pupils quickly
mentioned art and physical education. Inspectors saw first-hand why this is the case, as pupils were thoroughly enjoying their learning in these subjects.
• The combination of good and improving attitudes to learning in key stage 4, and much improved outcomes at GCSE level, meaning pupils are very well prepared for their next stage of education.
• The unwavering ambition [of the leadership] is combined with superb attention to detail so that, as the Principal says, ‘small gains are regularly made’. The culmination of these small gains resulted in exceptional improvements in GCSE outcomes in 2017.
• Leaders at all levels have worked with passion and determination to raise the quality of teaching.

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