September 2 2014 Latest news:
Andrew Fitchett, Reporter
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
A primary school in Thetford is celebrating after Ofsted gave it a glowing inspection report.
Admirals Academy was rated as “good” by inspectors after they visited the school on May 14 and 15.
A report said that good progress had been made in reading, writing and mathematics and that standards were rising across the school.
There was also praise for the school’s senior leadership, who were described as “outstanding”, having ensured standards of teaching have improved rapidly since the academy opened under the sponsorship of Academy Transformation Trust (ATT) in 2012.
Theresa Rogers, principal, said: “We’re absolutely delighted with the inspection and our success has been a real team effort. The Ofsted report fully supports our belief that Admirals Academy is a great school and we’re so proud that all the hard work our staff, pupils, governors and sponsors has been recognised.
“Working alongside our sponsor, we are determined to ensure our academy continues to go from strength to strength.”
Joyce Hodgetts, managing director of Academy Transformation Trust, said: “I am thrilled that the report reflects the absolute determination of our staff to provide our pupils with the first class education they deserve.
“This shows that our pupils are thriving in the nurturing environment that has been created at Admirals Academy and it is well on its way to becoming an ‘outstanding’ school.”
The “good” rating is the second highest achievable, below “outstanding”.
The report states that to reach the top level, Admirals Academy must help more-able students reach higher levels in reading, writing and mathematics, improve resources for teaching about new technology, and ensure that some lessons are more engaging and challenging.
The news comes as a boost to ATT, who had been told by the Department for Education (DfE) that it was barred from taking on new schools due to the poor performance of their existing schools.
Earlier this week, fellow ATT school, The Nicholas Hamond Academy in Swaffham, revealed it too had been judged “good”.