New head of underachieving Wellingborough academy praised by Ofsted over significant progress

Weavers Academy in Wellingborough.
Weavers Academy in Wellingborough.

The interim principal of an underachieving Wellingborough school has been praised for her efforts to turn its fortunes around by Ofsted.

Weavers Academy was rated as ‘requires improvement’ by the education inspectors in June last year and was monitored again as recently as November.

Vivien Swaida was appointed interim principal at the start of the academic year – and Ofsted says she has made significant progress.

An inspection report from its November visit, carried out by Emma Ing, reads: “Following the inspection and disappointing examination results in summer 2015, Creative Education Trust rightly recognised that the task of turning the academy around so that it offers a good education to all pupils poses significant challenges.

“While there is no room for complacency, actions taken since the last inspection have shown decisiveness and determination to get the academy back on track.

“At the moment, you and your academy leadership team are demonstrating a strong appetite for and good capacity to secure improvement.

“Tough decisions have been taken, plans made, a vision established and systems introduced to ensure that all individuals working at the academy are properly held to account for their part in delivering an improving educational offer.

“Those pupils I spoke to strongly approve of the changes, one commenting that the school has completely stepped up its game since Ms Swaida came.

“Pupils explained that, particularly in year 11, teachers are becoming very good at identifying precisely what it is that individual pupils need to learn or improve and setting work that helps them do this.

“I was encouraged to see how you are working to coach, mentor, challenge and hold to account teachers who are at different points in their own professional development.”