As many of you know, Ofsted inspectors visited Olive AP Academy – Havering on 15th and 16th May 2019 and we are now able to share the final inspection report with you. The report has recognised that the academy is improving and states that “strong and determined leadership has led to significant improvement” over the last 3 years. Inspectors found that safeguarding is effective at the academy and “a high priority in the school”.
We would encourage you to read the full report which recognises the scope of the good work going on at the academy. The full report is published on Ofsted’s website: //reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/22/143130
If you would like a paper copy of the report or if you would like the report emailed to you, please contact the academy office. Here are some of the key findings from the report:
o Pupils feel safe in school.
o Pupils experience a broad and balanced curriculum… with high-quality facilities designed for the teaching of cooking, art and science…
o The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is good.
o Leaders model their high expectations of the care and attention that pupils receive. A parent commented that, ‘the headteacher cares about what goes on’.
o (Pupils) value their relationship with staff highly and feel supported, respected and listened to.
o Disadvantaged pupils make similar progress to, and sometimes better progress than, their peers. This is because of the precise approach to identifying and addressing individuals’ barriers to learning.
We feel that the report accurately reflects the positive work going on at the academy and which we are proud of – but it is also fair in its recognition that the quality of teaching is not yet strong enough to bring about consistently strong progress for all pupils in all subjects. We are ambitious for the academy and our pupils and have a robust improvement plan to make sure that we deliver the best possible education for all our pupils.
The Ofsted report concluded that the effectiveness of leadership and management was “Good’ but that overall effectiveness of the academy was judged to be “Requires improvement”. The grades that can be awarded by Ofsted are Outstanding (1), Good (2), Requires Improvement (3), Inadequate (4). You can access an Ofsted guide for parents about school inspections here : //www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-inspections-a-guide-for-parents
Our academy improvement plan aims to accelerate teaching improvements and further develop the curriculum which we offer our pupils. We have also appointed four highly experienced new teachers (Maths, Science, PE/Outdoor Learning and Humanities) who will be starting to work with our pupils from September. We are relentless in our determination to provide the high quality teaching and learning experiences our pupils so rightly deserve. Ofsted inspectors recognised in their report that “pupils make expected or better progress in subjects where teaching is strong” and that “Leaders work hard to ensure that all pupils are set challenging targets to achieve well by the end of Year 11.”
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and the positive feedback you gave inspectors during their visit to the academy. The inspectors commented in their report that parents and carers of young people attending the academy had told them that they “value the close relationship they have with the school” and “value the schools’ work to prepare pupils for life beyond school.”
One parent spoke to inspectors and “commended staff for rebuilding pupils’ confidence and restoring their sense of self-worth. As a result of the school’s work, a parent explained that their child now feels as if they ‘mean something again’.” Our staff were so moved to receive recognition like this of their caring approach to working with the young people in our academy community. Thank you.
Ofsted scrutinized every aspect of our work during their latest visit to the academy and their final report shows how the academy is going from strength to strength. At Olive Academies we recognise that when our staff and parents/ carers work closely together we can achieve the best for all our students. We will need your support with one of our priorities for the year ahead – to raise students’ attendance to ensure that every one of our young people has the best chance to achieve the qualifications they need to go on to further study or apprenticeships.
We will continue to keep you regularly updated about academy news. If you have any questions about the inspection report please do not hesitate to contact us. We always welcome visits from parents/ carers to the new academy and facilities, do contact the office if you would like to make an appointment.
Ray Lawrence, Headteacher E: Ray.Lawrence@oliveacademies.org.uk
Mark Vickers, Executive Headteacher and CEO , Olive Academies E: Mark.Vickers@oliveacademies.org.uk