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:
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:
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.