Great Western Academy delighted with results of its first ever Ofsted inspection

By Jessica Durston - 2 March 2023


Great Western Academy in Tadpole Garden Village has just received a glowing first Ofsted report.

The Academy, which opened in 2018, was graded as ‘Good’ in all categories after being visited by an inspection team in January this year.

The high aspirations of the school were said to have been praised throughout the report, with the “ambitious and broad” curriculum being seen as a very positive feature.

Students were said to have been 'respectful and friendly' and 'understand staff want them to do well.' The Sixth Form was also praised with the report saying that the teaching at the Academy 'encourages Sixth Form students to think deeply.'

Graham Davis, Principal, said: “We are very proud of the hugely positive comments throughout our first Ofsted report. We have waited a long time for this but see it as a strong affirmation of the Academy’s exceptional work since we opened, particularly around the impressive opportunities we offer students through our extended curriculum.

"We hope that parents of our students will read the report and be proud of the fact their children attend GWA. It is the combined efforts of staff, students and parents that make the school such a success and I’m delighted the report makes this clear.”

Great Western Academy benefits from opening a Sixth Form since 2019, which aims to provide continuity of learning from ages 11 to 18.

The Sixth Form is open to all local students - no matter where they have previously studied - and the GWA team say it has a fantastic track record of success in terms of productive destinations for all, including prestigious apprenticeships and university places; such as three successful Oxbridge applicants.

A spokesperson from the academy said: "We want to remind prospective students that it’s not too late to apply for a place for September 2023!"

The full Ofsted report and details of Sixth Form applications are available on the school website at

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