Bourne school stays on good form after Ofsted inspection

Laurence Reilly, (centre), Executive Head Teacher of the South Lincolnshire Academies Trust, with Tracey Berry, Karen Joel, Nicola Hall-Rushton, Liz Dilley, Brett Sinclair, Rebecca Le Caplain, Daisy Ivatt and James Hind at Spalding Academy.  Photo by Tim Wilson.  SG110117-102TW.
Laurence Reilly, (centre), Executive Head Teacher of the South Lincolnshire Academies Trust, with Tracey Berry, Karen Joel, Nicola Hall-Rushton, Liz Dilley, Brett Sinclair, Rebecca Le Caplain, Daisy Ivatt and James Hind at Spalding Academy. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG110117-102TW.
  • Ofsted recognition for school’s ‘culture of safeguarding’
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Bourne Academy has kept up its good record with national school inspectors who found it to be “a cohesive and inclusive community”.

The school, part of the South Lincolnshire Academies Trust (SLAT) which also runs Spalding Academy, was the subject of a short inspection by Ofsted last month.

Among its findings was that “the leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection” in May 2013 when it was judged to be good in all areas.

There was also praise for Bourne Academy’s students “who are respectful of each other, very polite and conduct themselves very well”.

Laurence Reilly, SLAT executive head teacher, said: “We were visited by two inspectors from Ofsted on February 28 to carry out a one-day inspection of the school to check if we were continuing to provide a good quality education to our students.

“Ofsted acknowledged that we know our school well and that we successfully identify priorities for future development, an important part of school leadership.

Ofsted acknowledged that we know our school well and that we successfully identify priorities for future development, an important part of school leadership

Laurence Reilly, Executive Head Teacher, South Lincolnshire Academies Trust

“Part of the remit of the inspection is to review safeguarding and I am pleased to report that Ofsted commented that ‘a culture of safeguarding is evident in all aspects of school life’ and that ‘arrangements are appropriate and fit for purpose’.”

The inspectors did recommed that “remaining variations between pupils’ progress” in maths and science should be “reduced” and improvement plans should have “clear actions and timescales”.

Mr Reilly said: “Although I am disappointed that Ofsted did not agree with our self-evaluation that the school is already outstanding, I hope that the report will reassure parents, and prospective parents, that their child will continue to receive a high-quality education at Bourne Academy.”