Academy taken out of special measures

Southend Standard: Academy taken out of special measures Academy taken out of special measures

CHEERS and tears met the news an under-pressure school had been removed from special measures after two years.

The Basildon Upper Academy has been upgraded from “inadequate” to “requires improvement” after Ofsted inspectors visited in December.

They said the behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management was good, although the achievement of pupils and quality of teaching still needed to be addressed.

Staff and pupils were told at a special assembly on Monday, with a number of teachers into tears.

Chief inspector Adrian Lyons reserved special praise for executive principal Bev Bell, who he said had: “Skilfully steered the academy’s recovery and galvanized staff.”

Mrs Bell said: “We are thrilled to bits with the report. Our inspection in January 2013 said we weren’t doing enough towards the removal from special measures, so to achieve what we have in 11 months is terrific.

“If we can improve those, and the progress made by boys, I am confident when we are next inspected, we will be at least a good school, with outstanding features.

“The governing body has taken all the information on board and held us to account. This is great news for Basildon, as we can now support other schools, as we have been supported in the past.”

The school recently celebrated when the Lower Academy was removed from special measures.

Mrs Bell said her future remained at the academies. She said she will still be at the academies when Ofsted inspect in 24 months’ time although she may be overseeing progress, with another executive principal installed.

The sixth form was also saluted with students “making very good progress”.

Gary Smith, Head of Upper Academy, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the outcome of our recent Ofsted inspection which provides us with a solid foundation from which to achieve our highly aspirational goals.”

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1:30pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

atch your backs heads certain egomaniacal people on the board don't like the limelight being shone on teachers and staff.
atch your backs heads certain egomaniacal people on the board don't like the limelight being shone on teachers and staff. Howard Cháse

2:14pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Jack222 says...

So academies don't axiomatically drive up status as the Tories believe....

Why? The strongest predictor of how well children do at school is home background - and the same children go to a school after the name change to an academy
So academies don't axiomatically drive up status as the Tories believe.... Why? The strongest predictor of how well children do at school is home background - and the same children go to a school after the name change to an academy Jack222

12:14am Sat 8 Feb 14

spectator says...

Surprised that both academies are out of special measures. News from the horse's mouth is that everything is worse than ever at both, especially the behaviour. I guess that the inspectors have been told by the government that academies can't be seen to be total failures.
Surprised that both academies are out of special measures. News from the horse's mouth is that everything is worse than ever at both, especially the behaviour. I guess that the inspectors have been told by the government that academies can't be seen to be total failures. spectator

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