A SECONDARY school has been judged ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted marking a rapid improvement since the formerly underachieving establishment was taken over by an academy trust last year.
Skegness Academy received overwhelming praise from inspectors in their report for its rising standards of attainment, high expectations of behaviour and improved attendance levels.
School principal Kelvin Hornsby said: “All of the staff and pupils at the Skegness Academy are rightfully proud of their achievements. Neither inspector had seen such a consistently high quality of teaching before.
“They also commented that the Skegness Academy is a place where pupils want to be, with high quality learning in all lessons.”
The inspectors praised Mr Hornsby for ‘transforming the attitudes of staff, pupils parents and community to the work of the academy.’
Mr Hornsby was appointed as principal when the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust took over the St Clement’s College in September 2010.
The trust also received praise in the report for the support offered to the principal in ‘fostering the major changes in the ethos of the Academy that underpin the outstanding progress that has been made.’
Chief executive at the trust Barry Day said: “I am extremely proud of what has been achieved at the Skegness Academy.
“The inspirational leadership of Mr Hornsby, the hard work of staff and pupils and the support of parents and the wider community have all contributed towards the judgement of outstanding. “It just shows how much can be achieved in a comparatively short period of time.
“The Skegness Academy will be a beacon of educational excellence for many years to come.”
Although teachers were praised for improving the levels of attainment, inspectors noted that the attainment of pupils entering the school is ‘well below average and declining.’
Four feeder primary schools to the academy were also recently denied academy status by Department of Education for their low standards of attainment. (See page seven).