School’s delight at report

The head of a Stickney secondary school says she is delighted it has been removed from Special Measures.
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William Lovell C of E Academy was told that it was no longer judged to be inadequate following an Ofsted inspection last months.

Inspectors said that “leader’s actions have improved the school”, which was placed in special measures two years ago.

Although it has been judged as ‘requires improvement’, inspectors were positive about many aspects of the school’s improvement.

Their report states that in subjects such as English, Mathematics and Music, learning is “improving rapidly“ and describes pupils’ behaviour as “improving.” Staff were described as “proud to work at the school.”

Head Katherine Cocker-Goring said, “We are absolutely delighted to have come out of Special Measures.

“It has been a tough journey and I am so proud of our staff, students and parents who have kept faith in the school and worked so hard to ensure students get the educational provision they deserve.”

The inspection report describes “vigilant” staff who ensure that pupils “feel safe” in school. Pupils report they have “many people to turn to, if they have a problem.” Inspectors describe how students “learn about religions and cultures” and are “proud to promote diversity.”

The report also commends how “pupils enjoy the opportunities they receive to learn outside of school,” describing how students “visit the theatre and take part in community and church events.”

And it commends the effort devoted by the Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities team in ensuring students receive support, describing how students are known “extremely well.”

The school and trust already have plans in place to ensure that the school continues its journey of improvement and addresses the next steps as outlined in the report.

Jackie Waters-Dewhurst, CEO of Lincoln Anglican Academy Trust, which the school is part of, said: “The trust is delighted the hard work of the staff and governors has been recognised. The trust will continue to work with the school to enable the journey to excellent to continue. There is much to be done but a plan is in place.”

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