VIDEO: Watch Skegness Academy celebrating release from Special Measures

Pupils and staff at Skegness Academy are celebrating a major milestone after Ofsted removed it from Special Measures and praised the improvements the school has made.

Sponsors Greenwood Academies Trust say this recognition is testament to the strong leadership of Principal Todd Johnson, and the hard work of pupils, parents and staff.

The Ofsted report also highlights the positive school culture, noting that pupils are “very positive about the relationship they have with staff” and feel well supported. Pupils also shared that they “know that their school is getting better all the time” and “recognise that their teachers want them to do well and have their best interests at heart”.

The inspectors found that new initiatives to encourage positive behaviour, including a warning card system and rewards such as “tea with the Principal”, are also having a positive impact and that pupils “feel safe and cared for” and are “pleased that behaviour has improved greatly”.

Skegness Academy students celebrating there O-Level results last year.

The report also said that new strategies to help develop pupils’ literacy skills such as ‘Lit-fit’, which introduces pupils to new vocabulary, and DEAR (drop everything and read) are successfully helping pupils to develop a new-found love of reading.

The senior leadership team and staff at Skegness Academy were also praised for the “range of opportunities to promote pupils’ personal development” and recognised the curriculum for supporting pupils’ mental and physical wellbeing through sport such as boxing and swimming, and preparing pupils for their next steps with visits to local universities and advice tailored to their individual interests and aspirations.

This also means that of Greenwood’s six academies in Skegness, four are now rated Good, Skegness Academy has upgraded to Requires Improvement, and one is not yet inspected. The Trust will continue their successful work for the children and young people across their Skegness academies.

Todd Johnson, Principal of Skegness Academy, said: “I am incredibly proud of our pupils and staff for this achievement, and am thrilled that Ofsted has recognised our hard work and the sustained improvements we have made.

Principal Todd Johnson

“Providing our pupils with a safe, challenging and rewarding education experience is our top priority and while this outcome is a testament to our dedication and ongoing efforts, I look forward to continuing to work alongside our pupils, parents and staff to ensure our lasting success.”

Wayne Norrie, Chief Executive Officer of Greenwood Academies Trust, said: “As a Trust, we hold ourselves to the highest standards, and the whole team at Skegness Academy has worked tirelessly to implement and achieve rapid progress across the Academy.

“The staff, pupils and parents at Skegness Academy have really embraced the changes, and I am so proud to see their hard work recognised in this Ofsted report.”