Acorn Academy Cornwall had a very busy half term after Easter 2015 when 4 of the APAs were inspected over a 5 week period. The inspection outcomes led to two schools being judged as Good (Glyn House in Truro, and North Cornwall based in Delabole) and two being judged to be Outstanding, Penwith based in Penzance and Community & Hospital Education Service (CHES).
Rob Gasson CEO stated “This was a tough schedule of inspection from a very experienced inspector and we are delighted with the outcomes, it underlines the excellent work of our pupils and staff across the Academy”.
Glynn House APA (Principal Ryan Brokenshire) was inspected on 22-23 April 2015 by Denise Morris (Ofsted inspector) and judged to be GOOD in all areas.
This is a good school
- Since the school became part of the Acorn Academy, leaders have worked quickly to improve all areas. The new Headteacher is ambitious and has ensured improvement through effective training for staff. As a result, students achieve well in English and mathematics.
- The governing body has improved because of additional training which has increased its skills, enabling it to hold leaders to account for students’ progress.
- Students in Year 11 acquired good-quality accreditation in 2014. This included some GCSE passes at A* to G and a range of Functional Skills qualifications that will support their futures.
- Students who left Year 11 at the end of 2014 all found college placements or employment.
- School staff are extremely supportive of the new leadership team. Parents who spoke to the inspector said that they are very pleased with their children’s progress.
- Students enjoy their time at Glynn House because of the good range of topics and subjects which meet their needs well.
- Students’ personal development improves once they start at the school because of the effective focus on supporting their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
- Vocational experiences ensure that older students’ confidence improves and prepare them well for their futures.
- Students’ attendance improves rapidly once they start at the school. The vast majority quickly improve their behaviour because they want to be involved in all the activities that the school offers. As a result, their behaviour is good.
- Students are safe at Glynn House and on external visits and activities.
- Teaching is good because of rigorous monitoring. Effective marking, particularly in English, helps students to improve their work.
North Cornwall APA (Principal Richard Triggs) was inspected on 29th 30th of April 2015 by Denise Morris and judged to be GOOD in all area;
This is a good school
- This school has been on a journey of improvement over the past year following the appointment of a new leadership team by the academy leaders.
- Regular checking of teaching along with high quality support and training has ensured that teaching is at least good. This has enabled students to make at least good progress in English and mathematics.
- There has been rapid improvement in students’ achievements from their starting points in the past year.
- The governing body has an accurate view of the school’s performance. Governors provide effective challenge to leaders about students’ progress. Governors make good use of additional funding to ensure that eligible students achieve as well as their classmates in English and mathematics.
- Parents who spoke to the inspector are extremely pleased with the school and are very positive about their children’s behaviour and progress.
- Subjects and topics match students’ abilities. Strong provision to improve students’ personal development ensures that they develop good independence by regularly preparing and cooking lunch for the whole school.
- Through their regular attendance and positive behaviour students earn weekly trips into the community. They regularly raise funds for charity. These activities contribute well to their strong spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
- Students’ behaviour improves once they start at the school. Students are willing to talk about their school and are pleased with their own achievements.
- Students are safe at the school. Evidence shows that almost all students improve their attendance once they start.
- Teaching in English and mathematics is always good, and some is outstanding. Marking is accurate and helps students to improve their work.
- Staff are overwhelmingly positive about the leadership and management of the school
Penwith APA (Principal Gary Owens) was inspected on 13th 14th of May 2015 by Denise Morris and judged to be OUTSTANDING in all area;
This is an outstanding school.
- Leaders and managers, including members of the management committee, have ensured very high levels of improvement through regular monitoring and high-quality training for teachers. This has resulted in outstanding teaching and achievement across the school.
- Excellent support by academy leaders has helped to ensure that students’ progress has improved. Many have made rapid progress in English and mathematics since their starting points at the school.
- Members of the management committee challenge leaders regularly to ensure they have a very accurate view of students’ progress. Committee members make excellent use of additional funding to ensure that eligible students achieve as well as their classmates in English and mathematics.
- The parents who spoke to the inspector are overwhelmingly pleased with the school and with the improvements in their children’s achievements and personal development.
- Teaching in English and mathematics is almost always outstanding. Marking of students’ work is of a high quality, helping students to improve. This is particularly evident in English.
- Subjects and topics have been improved recently, ensuring that these match students’ abilities extremely well. A very effective range of local visits and activities engages students’ interests and ensures that they make outstanding progress in their personal development.
- Students contribute very well to the community through their charity fund-raising activities and through work experience. Activities to promote their personal development contribute well to their excellent spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
- Opportunities for students to broaden their knowledge and understanding of life in modern Britain are limited by the lack of planned opportunities for them to link with areas outside of Cornwall.
- Students’ behaviour in and around the school is almost always exemplary. They enjoy school, get on well with staff and join in with all that the school offers. Their attendance rises rapidly once they start at the school. Students are safe and secure at school.
- Staff are all extremely supportive of leaders and very positive about students’ progress.
CHES APA (Principal Dominic Black) was inspected on 20th 21st of May 2015 by Denise Morris and judged to be OUTSTANDING in all area;
This is an outstanding school.
- Innovative leadership by the Headteacher, very ably supported by the governing body, has resulted in high-quality teaching that has enabled students to make outstanding improvement in their literacy and numeracy skills during their time at the school.
- The very high-quality support that is provided by the Acorn Academy leaders has led to exciting and successful virtual learning as well as individual provision for students in their homes or in hospital.
- As a result, all groups of students make rapid and sustained progress in English, mathematics and science from their initial starting points at the school. This leads to a high proportion of students quickly reintegrating back to their mainstream schools.
- Governors are rigorous in their drive to improve all aspects of the school. They regularly challenge leaders about students’ progress and have an accurate view of the school’s outcomes.
- Governors ensure that extra support is provided for students who are eligible for additional funding, and for those with additional special needs. This ensures that these students achieve at least as well as their classmates in English and mathematics.
- The parents and carers who spoke to the inspector are very supportive of the school. They are extremely pleased with their children’s progress and personal development.
- Subjects and topics are well planned to meet individual needs so that they fully match each student’s abilities.
- Very effective resources for information and communication technology ensure that students achieve exceptionally well in this area of learning.
- High-quality support and guidance for students ensure that that they make excellent progress in their personal development. As a result, the vast majority of students go on to college, local sixth forms or employment when they leave the school at the end of Year 11.
- The excellent promotion of students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development has resulted in strong improvements to students’ personal development.
- Opportunities for students to improve their physical skills are too limited. This is because too few indoor activities are planned to ensure that all groups can improve their physical development, including keeping fit.
- Students’ behaviour is exemplary and they enjoy their lessons. They show this by the way their attendance improves rapidly once they start at the school.
- Students are safe and secure in all areas of the school.
- Teaching in English, mathematics and science, as well as in a range of other subjects, is outstanding. Students benefit from high levels of individual support which helps them to rapidly improve their skills.
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