In their first full inspection of Ark Academy, Ofsted inspectors have rated Ark Academy as an outstanding school with outstanding capacity for sustained further improvement.

The inspectors observed lessons, talked to pupils, staff and parents and examined every aspect of the school to produce a detailed and glowing report into the school’s operations, achievement and potential.

Ofsted’s main conclusion was that:

“The new school has quickly established high expectations and secured impressive progress in the short period since opening. Pupils make outstanding progress in their studies. They greatly enjoy coming to school and attendance is high. Pupils behave well and they respond enthusiastically to the growing team of dedicated staff. Relationships between adults and pupils are very positive and help to promote above average attainment.

They praised the effectiveness of teaching and learning and learning support systems, the strength of lesson planning and preparation and said the curriculum was outstanding.

Among their observations were that:

“The quality of teaching and learning is good ... with aspects that are outstanding including the consistently high expectations and rigorous lesson planning.

“Pupils make outstanding progress and this success has built a high level of confidence and established an eagerness to engage with all of the learning opportunities presented.

“There is a very impressive record of pupil progress in the specialist area of mathematics as well as in science, particularly by pupils in Year 2.

“The progress of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is also outstanding.

“The outstanding principal and her excellent senior leaders have... realised an ambitious vision for the academy... Leaders and staff have established quickly, a successful learning environment with happy and well-motivated learners. Staff and pupils share a strong sense of community and passion for developing the academy still further. The clear, determined ambition and success so far demonstrate an outstanding capacity for sustained improvement. The leadership and management of teaching and learning are outstanding.

“The academy is highly inclusive; it actively promotes equality with its strong specialist focus on citizenship and is successful in ensuring that discrimination does not arise.”

Ark Academy Principal, Delia Smith OBE, said: “We’re very pleased that Ofsted has endorsed our work in creating Ark Academy so enthusiastically. I’m particularly pleased that they have singled out success at both primary and secondary level and highlighted the hard work of our staff and the good behaviour and work of our pupils. We are completely committed to making Ark Academy an outstanding school that achieves success for every pupil. I’d like to thank all our staff and pupils for their hard work so far.”

Read the full Ofsted report

Performance Data

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