Academy gets good report
The Eastbourne Academy has had its first ever full Ofsted report and the verdict was good.
Inspectors visited the Brodrick Road School late last term and the report was published this week.
Staff at the Eastbourne Academy, which has 642 students on its roll, welcomed news of the publication of their first full Ofsted which gave them a ‘good’ in every category and a ‘good’ overall.
The report commended what it called the very good attitude and behaviour of the students and the high level of respect that existed between students and staff.
It also recognised the Academy is well led, has good teaching and that students make very good progress.
Inspectors described it as a good school where teaching is good, where students behave well in lessons and around the site, students achieve well across a wide range of subjects.
“Standards are rising throughout the academy, teachers expect a lot of the students, students’ attitudes to learning are very positive, students contribute impressively to their academy and attendance has improved significantly.”
The inspectors also said, “The principal and his senior staff show passion, determination and great commitment.”
Principal Keith Pailthorpe said, “We are delighted that Ofsted has recognised the enormous success of our Academy, and this judgement is a fair reward for the excellent effort of staff, students and parents in getting our record high results this year.”
Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd also congratulated the Academy on its Ofsted success during a recent visit to the school.
He said, “I was absolutely thrilled to hear of the Academy’s latest Ofsted result. The school has been consistently improving beyond all measure over the last few years.
“I want to congratulate Mr Pailthorpe, the principal, and all the staff for the incredible success that they are achieving at the Academy. Most of all I would like to pay tribute to the students.
“Their efforts and dedication are being recognised nationally and I would expect nothing less from Hampden Park.”
An Ofsted inspector said the Academy was not yet an outstanding school because not all teaching is good and more could be outstanding.
“Not every department has a high proportion of at least good teaching and some that is outstanding. Many students have very low levels of literacy and numeracy when they enter the academy.
“Teachers know this and help students to make good progress in developing these skills, but students’ writing, reading and number work could be better still.”
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