Rothwell school’s delight at good Ofsted report

Associate Principal Jason Cumming celebrates the school's Good Ofsted report, with pupils.
Associate Principal Jason Cumming celebrates the school's Good Ofsted report, with pupils.

Staff and pupils at a Rothwell school are celebrating after they achieved a good grade in all areas of their Ofsted inspection.

Montsaye Academy in Greening Road, Rothwell, has been praised for the level of teaching at the school, in the inspection report, which said: “teaching in most lessons is good with some outstanding.”

Jason Cumming, associate principal at the school, said: “This report is a testament to the hard work of the students and staff at Montsaye, combined with the support we receive from parents and carers.

“It is particularly pleasing to read the very positive comments made by the inspectors about our students, their good behaviour and the excellent relationships they enjoy with their teachers and other adults who work with them.”

The inspection at the school was carried out over two days, on Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26.

The report by Ofsted inspectors also praised the behaviour of the students, saying the school was working hard to ensure the behaviour of the students was good.

It added: “Good humoured staff and positive relationships between staff and students contribute to a pleasant atmosphere.”

The report also said that an above average proportion of students have made “good progress in most subjects.”

The report indicated that the school did not achieve an outstanding grade, the highest possible grade a school can achieve in an Ofsted inspection, because of a couple of issues.

These included the attendance of a small group of students being below average, and some students are not “sufficiently challenged” in their lessons where teaching is not good or outstanding.

However, Mr Cumming said the report highlights what is needed to be done to help the school move forward.

He said: “This report both rewards the work that the academy has already accomplished and clearly sets out what we need to do in the future in order to move us forward.”

The school was also praised for raising the students’ ambitions and self-confidence, with the report adding the academy can be “justly proud.”