Outstanding Ofsted report for Friars Academy in Wellingborough

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A school has been rated as outstanding in every area following a recent inspection.

Friars Academy in Wellingborough secured the top rating after a two-day inspection carried out by Ofsted last month.

Inspectors said the special school, which has 143 pupils aged between 11 and 18, was outstanding in its leadership and management, behaviour and safety of pupils, quality of teaching, achievement of pupils and sixth form provision.

The school’s previous Ofsted rating was good, which was before it became an academy in November 2013.

The new report states: “Students enter the academy with low prior attainment as a result of their learning difficulties and special educational needs.

“Achievement is outstanding because a high proportion of students make better than expected progress and in lessons, they frequently make rapid progress in their learning.”

The inspectors said the heateacher, senior leaders and managers provide excellent direction for the academy, students achieve exceptionally well, the quality of teaching is outstanding and provision in the sixth form is also outstanding.

Students were praised for their behaviour, excellent attitude to learning and for being extremely polite and helpful.

Another area which impressed the inspectors was the wealth of opportunities in physical education available to pupils.

The report also states: “The academy provides all its students with high quality guidance and support.

“This prepares them very well for the future and helps them to work towards their chosen goals.”

Schools can receive one of four ratings following an Ofsted inspection; outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate.

To read the report in full go to www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ofsted and search for Friars Academy.