Following an inspection on 2 and 3 July, Ofsted has judged the overall effectiveness of the Corby Primary Academy, sponsored by the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust (GDFT), to be ‘outstanding’.
Inspectors scrutinised records and documentation, observed lessons and met with pupils and staff to get their views.
The inspection is an independent assessment of the effectiveness of the Academy which includes:
- the quality of leadership and management;
- the behaviour and safety of pupils;
- the quality of teaching;
- the achievement of pupils; and
- the early years provision.
The Academy was judged to be ‘outstanding’ overall which is exceptional given that it is a brand new academy which only opened in September 2013.
The report found that “this new and growing Academy has got off to an extremely good start because of the outstanding leadership of the Principal and Executive Principal and strong support from the Trust”.
The inspectors found that teaching is outstanding as a result of the strong leadership of the Principal, Mrs Nikki Lamond and that the Academy’s selection process has resulted in strong teachers being appointed who inspire pupils with their enthusiasm and subject knowledge.
The support of the GDFT was also highlighted with inspectors finding that “the Trust provides effective professional advice, support and administrative and financial guidance to the Academy”.
The report showcases the broad and interesting range of subjects which are provided as well as the wide range of additional clubs and educational visit which enrich pupils’ learning.
Inspectors praised the Academy for its highly effective and robust safeguarding and child protection arrangements which ensure that “pupils are very safe at school and extremely well looked after”.
The inspectors spent a long time looking at pupils work in their books found that ”pupils of all backgrounds are making rapid gains in their learning” and that by the end of Year 3, pupils are attaining standards above those expected for their age in reading, writing and mathematics.
Parents will be particularly interested to know that inspectors found that that “pupils show an enthusiasm and a thirst for learning” and that pupils are “caring, courteous, friendly and kind”.
The report concludes that “pupils are well prepared for their next school and for life in modern Britain”.
Mrs Lamond, Principal, said: “I want to thank the pupils and staff who continue to work tremendously hard and the families who support us to make the Corby Primary Academy the outstanding Academy it is today. I am delighted that the report recognises how hard we have worked in the short time since the Academy opened. It was great to read that parents hold very positive views about the Academy and are pleased with the care and education provided for their children.”
Sir Barry Day, OBE, Chief Executive of the GDFT, said: “My congratulations go to Mrs Lamond and her staff at the Corby Primary Academy, who are dedicated and of the highest calibre. They thoroughly deserve this outcome and the report is a real pleasure to read. I look forward to watching the Academy continue to grow over the coming years and I am sure they will be a valuable support to our new Rushden Primary Academy which opens this September.”