Swindon Academy continues to be a 'Good' school says Ofsted

By Jessica Durston - 23 September 2022

EducationSecondary

Pupils and staff at Swindon Academy are celebrating after receiving their latest Ofsted report.

Ofsted presented Swindon Academy with a 'Good' rating following its most recent visit.

Following their visit in June, Ofsted inspectors were said to have commended the “clear vision” that leaders have for the school, and noted that “warm, caring relationships are at the heart of the way that staff work with pupils”.

Staff are said to be “ambitious for all pupils”, and Ofsted said they have successfully implemented a curriculum which teaches pupils about “equality, diversity, tolerance and respect”.  

Inspectors also noted that there was a “calm and purposeful” atmosphere in the school and commended its pupils’ “positive attitudes toward their learning”. Pupils are said to take seriously “the school expectations that they work hard, take responsibility and are kind."  

Alongside their academic learning, pupils across the academy were said to “take on responsibilities in roles such as house captains, prefects, and school council members”, with the inspectors noting that “the wider personal development of pupils is a significant strength of the school”.  

Providing opportunities where pupil “develop their character, leadership and interests”, as recognised by Ofsted, is part of the academy’s wider commitment to delivering an 'Education with Character.' 

Ruth Robinson, Executive Principal at Swindon Academy, said: “Everyone at Swindon Academy is very proud that Ofsted continues to recognise us as a ‘Good’ school. Their report reflects the hard work of our pupils, staff, governors and wider school community over recent years.

"We are committed to creating an environment in which our pupils can excel both academically and as citizens of society, and the Inspectors’ report is testament to our success. 

“As Principal, I am particularly pleased to see that the Inspectors noted the strong relationships between pupils and staff, as well as the impressive attitudes our young people show towards learning. Our young people are a credit to themselves and excellent representatives of our school community.” 

Dame Sally Coates, Director of Secondary Education at United Learning, said: “As we come towards the end of this academic year, it is extremely heartening to receive a report such as this.

"At present, our priority is to ensure that every child catches up on their lost learning and opportunities and it is clear that Swindon Academy is focused on this with determination and creativity.”  

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