Corby Business Academy making good progress

Principal John Henrys with Riain Hobbs (11), Sam Addy (15), Gareth deBeer (12), Christina Ogwang (15), Chloe Morgan (13), Annie Murrie (13), Eve Pavitt (13) and Courtney Smith (11)
Principal John Henrys with Riain Hobbs (11), Sam Addy (15), Gareth deBeer (12), Christina Ogwang (15), Chloe Morgan (13), Annie Murrie (13), Eve Pavitt (13) and Courtney Smith (11)

Pupils and staff at Corby Business Academy are celebrating a good Ofsted report but the school has no intentions of resting on its laurels.

Inspectors visited the school earlier this month and have rated it good for overall effectiveness and good for achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and students’ safety, as well as leadership and management.

The team of inspectors found 84 per cent of lessons to be good or better, stating that it was clear that teachers had “high expectations” of students.

Principal John Henrys said: “The inspection reflects the hard work of both staff and students and everybody involved with the academy is very proud. We will continue to strive to be the best.”

“The very pleasing outcome of the Ofsted inspection is a result of the hard work that’s gone in since the academy opened. The foundations laid by Dr Andrew Campbell in the first two years of the academy’s life have allowed us to rapidly improve attainment and progress of students.

“During the inspection students were clearly very proud of the academy and worked hard to ensure the inspectors got the best representation of what it has to offer.

“The Ofsted inspectors have confirmed our self-evaluation and we feel that this gives us a good platform to move to become an outstanding school in the next three years.

“We will continue to work hard to improve outcomes for all of our students in order to exceed national expectations.”

The inspectors found that students enjoy being at the academy, that their attendance is above average and they “behave well in and out of lessons”.

They said that during lessons pupils are diligent and attentive and that staff are proud to work for the academy and are highly committed to its success.

The report also praised the school’s sixth form, saying: “In the fourth year of its operation, teaching and learning are good and improving.

“It offers an increasingly wide choice of subjects to its students, who are making good progress.

“All the students who applied gained places at their first choice universities.”

Head of sixth form, Kim Isaksen, said: “I am extremely pleased that the inspectors recognised the growing success of the sixth form here at Corby Business Academy.

“Our staff and students should be proud of this achievement.”