High praise for Kettering school after Ofsted inspection

Kettering Science Academy received the letter of praise following their most recent Ofsted inspection in May

Kettering Science Academy received the letter of praise following their most recent Ofsted inspection in May

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The principal of a Kettering school has spoken of his delight after receiving a letter of praise from Ofsted’s chief inspector.

Kettering Science Academy received the letter from Sir Michael Wilshaw after the improvement shown following the school’s last inspection in May, which showed elements of a good rating in the report.

The letter, sent to principal Paul Davies and primary phase head teacher Jo Fallowell, read: “The report makes it clear that your actions are having asignificant impact and that the academy is improving rapidly.

“I am pleased to read that you have set out clear priorities for improving the quality of teaching and the behaviour of the pupils.

“As a consequence, provision in both the early years and the sixth form is now good.

“It is positive that you offer extensive training and support for leaders and teachers.

“As a result of your efforts, I note that pupils’ achievement is now improving quickly.

“Importantly, disadvantaged pupils are now catching up with peers.

“I wish you well for the future and look forward to writing again to congratulate you and the academy on further progress.”

Mr Davies believes the letter shows that they are ‘doing the right things’.

He said: “Both Mrs Fallowell and I were thrilled to receive this letter on behalf of Kettering Science Academy. 

“It is further validation that we are doing all the right things.

“I have never heard of a school receiving a personal letter from the head of Ofsted before.”