Corby school gets improved Ofsted rating

Chief executive Barry Day and principal Wendy Gordon with pupils Gemma McGinty,Julius Kenna,Dagmara Grochocka and Charlie Philp when the school became an academy last year
Chief executive Barry Day and principal Wendy Gordon with pupils Gemma McGinty,Julius Kenna,Dagmara Grochocka and Charlie Philp when the school became an academy last year
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A school in Corby has been praised by Government inspectors after moving from being rated as satisfactory to being rated good.

Ofsted inspectors have judged the overall effectiveness of Kingswood Primary Academy as good following its latest inspection.

The independent inspection assessed the school on issues such as the achievement of pupils, the quality of teaching, the behaviour and safety of pupils and the quality of leadership and management.

The academy was judged to be good across all four areas. In spring 2013 the school was rated satisfactory.

The inspectors recognised many good aspects of the school but highlighted that the principal, Mrs Wendy Gordon, and the deputy principal, Mrs Nadira Rahman, have worked effectively together and that their excellent leadership has driven major improvements.

The inspectors also noted that the well-structured support from the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust has been strong with a variety of skilled professional expertise made available to support the academy.

The report states that “all groups of pupils are making good progress regardless of their background or ability”.

Inspectors also commented on the improvement in attendance which “has risen significantly since the academy opened and is now above the national average”.

The report highlights that “the academy provides a lively and engaging set of experiences for pupils” and concluded that “the academy prepares them well for life in modern Britain”.

Mrs Gordon said: “I want to thank the pupils and staff who have worked tremendously hard and the families who have supported us to make the Kingswood Primary Academy the good academy it is today.

“I am delighted that the report recognised that we have good links with our parents and that they are positive about the academy and what we do for their children. I feel confident that we will make the necessary progress to become an outstanding academy in the future.”