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.
His Majesty’s Inspector (HMI) reported that:
“Pupils are proud to attend Droylsden Academy”
“Pupils are happy and accepting of each other’s differences … the school is a place where they can be themselves”
“Pupils model the school’s values of politeness and hard work”
“Pupils feel safe in school … there is always someone that they can talk to”
“Bullying is rare and when it does happen it is dealt with quickly”
“Teachers’ expectations of pupils’ behaviour and academic achievement are high … pupils rise to these standards”
“Pupils behave well and work hard … they are well prepared for life in modern Britain”
“Pupils are expected to develop their character and confidence … they develop leadership skills”
“Pupils benefit from an extensive range of extra-curricular clubs”
“There is a carefully designed, broad, balanced and ambitious curriculum … thought has gone into the knowledge that students must learn”
“Teachers are successful in helping pupils to deepen their understanding of ideas and concepts across the curriculum … teachers think carefully about how to teach new subject content … effective support helps pupils remember more over time”
“Continuous training and development is prioritised”
Teachers receive quality information about pupils with SEND…. teachers use effective strategies to adapt learning for these pupils;
An extensive programme of pastoral support and life lessons ensures that pupils learn about healthy relationships and the wider world;
Teachers prioritise the development of pupils’ subject-specific vocabulary … they also encourage a love of reading;
A strong culture of safeguarding permeates this school … there are effective systems in place to identify pupils who may be at risk of harm.
The full inspection report can be found here
This latest Ofsted report is testament to the hard work and efforts of students and staff and the unwavering support of parents / carers and Governors.
Thank you to the many parents and carers who gave positive feedback to Inspectors during their visit.
We remain relentless in our mission to ensure that our students receive the very best education, personal development and pastoral care.