Skegness Junior Academy is making ‘reasonable progress’, says Ofsted

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An academy in Skegness is making ‘reasonable progress’ in raising standards at a school, which was previously ‘causing concern’, Ofsted has announced.

A monitoring inspection was carried out at Skegness Junior Academy last month because of its predecessor‘s poor performance.

Her Majesty’s Inspector David Carter has confirmed that since the school was taken over by the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust in September it has made ‘reasonable progress in raising standards for all pupils’.

Mr Carter says the pupils’ progress has accelerated in most cases and is ‘outstanding’ in some, which he attributed to improved standards of teaching.

Executive principal Emma Hadley said: “We have made outstanding progress since September and staff and pupils are rightfully proud of their achievements.

“We have ambitious plans for the Academy and we are extremely pleased Ofsted recognises we are moving in the right direction.”

The GDFT’s chief executive Barry Day has also praised staff for their ‘committed and enthusiastic’ approach and said he is ‘delighted’ with the ‘very positive’ report.

“It is only six months since we took over the Skegness Junior School and I am delighted with this very positive inspection report,” he said.

“My congratulations go to Mr Smith and staff at the Academy, who are committed and enthusiastic, and to Mrs Hadley for her invaluable support as executive principal. They thoroughly deserve this outcome.

“I am also extremely proud and grateful to parents for their on-going support.”

“The inspectors noted that the support of the trust has enabled leaders within the academy to focus all their time on improvement and this is leading to improvements in pupil attainment which is what our trust is all about.”

Despite praising the achievements to date, the report notes that with a below average standard of attainment upon intake, the academy’s leaders are ‘well aware that there is still more to do’ for pupils to achieve basic reading and writing skills.