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What is the purpose of school Ofsted inspections?

The inspection of a school provides an independent external evaluation of its effectiveness and a diagnosis of what it should do to improve. It is based on a range of evidence available to inspectors that is evaluated against a national framework.

Ofsted’s inspections of schools perform three essential functions. They:

  • Provide parents/carers with an expert and independent assessment of how well a school is performing, and help inform those who are choosing a school for their child
  • Provide information to the Secretary of State for Education and to Parliament about the work of schools and the extent to which an acceptable standard of education is being provided. This provides assurance that minimum standards are being met, provides confidence in the use of public money and assists accountability, as well as indicating where improvements are needed
  • Promote the improvement of individual schools and the education system as a whole.

Droylsden Academy is feeling “good”

Following a recent Ofsted inspection on the 14th and 15th of September 2017, Droylsden Academy is delighted to announce the school has been judged “Good” in every category. The school, which was previously judged inadequate in 2014, has made rapid progress under the direction of a new senior leadership team and a terrific team of students, staff, governors, parents and partners.

In their recent visit, Ofsted made the following judgements:

Overall effectiveness = Good

Effectiveness of leadership and management = Good

Quality of teaching, learning and assessment = Good

Personal development, behaviour and welfare = Good

Outcomes for pupils = Good

Her Majesty’s Inspector (HMI) reported that:

“Staff, pupils and parents are fulsome in their praise for the good quality education that the school provides”

“Pupils achieve well because leaders at all levels have high expectations and lead by example”

“The school’s core values of politeness, hard work and honesty are in abundance”

“The quality of teaching is good. It is typically interesting, engaging and suitably challenging for the range of abilities”

“Pupils are interested in their learning because teachers have excellent subject knowledge and plan carefully….. teachers quickly set the tone for learning which helps pupils focus and be successful learners”

“Pupils make good progress across a range of subjects including English and Mathematics”

“The most able pupils are well challenged in their learning. The “Excel” curriculum allows them to make rapid gains in learning”

“Pupils behave well. They are proud of their school and take on leadership roles readily”

“The behaviour of pupils is good. They are typically polite, well-mannered and considerate towards each other”

“Pupils behave well in lessons, they show respect to teachers and each other”

“There are effective systems to manage behaviour. Bullying is rare”

“Governors offer robust support and challenge to do their best for the pupils that they serve”

Mr Wilson, Headteacher, said that the findings of Her Majesty’s Inspector are recognition of the hard work of staff, students and Governors and the support of parents and our families.

This report is fantastic news for the town and it adds to the growing reputation that Droylsden Academy is experiencing in the local community. Just last week we enjoyed a fabulously well-attended Open Evening with over 900 prospective parents and pupils in attendance.

The school has a waiting list in the current year 7. Applications for places this year are expected to reach a record number.

The Headteacher, Executive Headteacher and Governors are very aware that there is still much to do to get the very best for all our learners but they are very confident that, with the continuing support of parents, carers and pupils, the school will quickly continue on its journey to outstanding so that the maximum number of children possible leave the Academy with strong academic qualifications and great opportunities for college, university and beyond.

OFSTED 2015 - GOOD NEWS AT DROYLSDEN ACADEMY

Ofsted visited Droylsden Academy on the 1st and 2nd October 2015 and said:

  • Leadership and management are good: this is an improving academy that is well led.
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare for students are good.
  • Students’ behaviour is good.  Students are eager to learn and are embracing a stronger work ethos
  • The Academy is a safe and caring community
  • The Academy has the capacity for rapid improvement
  • Students are making better progress and their attainment is improving
  • An above-average percentage of students make expected progress in English
  • Work with outstanding schools has helped to plan for improvement
  • Governance is good and strongly supports academy improvement.

Clearly there is still much work to do and the inspection report outlines the priorities for improvement in the next phase of our journey to outstanding. Students and parents can be very proud of the contribution they have made to the improving results, progress and culture of our school.

A full copy of Ofsted's Section 5 Inspection Report from their visit in October 2015 can be downloaded below.
A full copy of Ofsted's monitoring visit from their visit in July 2015 can be downloaded below.

OFSTED DASHBOARD

Ofsted provide data dashboards for schools and Further Education and Skills providers. You can view the data for Droylsden Academy by clicking the link below.

Droylsden Academy
Manor Road, Droylsden,
Manchester M43 6QD
T: 0161 301 7600
F: 0161 301 7601
E: info@droylsdenacademy.com