Ofsted inspectors rate Bourne Academy as good

Headteacher Laurence Reilly celebrates the school's good Ofsted report with pupils, from left, Charlie Farrar, 15, Kezia Smith, 15, Bob Pearce, 15, Abi Moody, 15, Alex Catt, 14,  Alice Gibbons, 14, Toby Middleton, 14, and  Jack Sims, 13

Headteacher Laurence Reilly celebrates the school's good Ofsted report with pupils, from left, Charlie Farrar, 15, Kezia Smith, 15, Bob Pearce, 15, Abi Moody, 15, Alex Catt, 14, Alice Gibbons, 14, Toby Middleton, 14, and Jack Sims, 13

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Pupils have been praised following an Ofsted report which highlighted their positive attitudes and academic achievements.

Following a visit to the school last month, Ofsted inspector Stephen Walker rated Bourne Academy as good in all areas of its work including the quality of its teaching, the school’s management team and the behaviour, attitude and achievements of its pupils.

He found that the pupils attain average standards in most GCSE subjects and excel in English, art and design and technology.

Headteacher Laurence Reilly said: “We are delighted with our Ofsted report.

“I feel very proud of the students and it came as no surprise to us that Ofsted were extremely impressed by them, commending their behaviour, attitude to learning, adherence to the smart uniform regulations and, above all, the fact that they achieve well during their time at school.”

Mr Reilly added: “The Ofsted team recognised the strengths of the school which have enabled the students to achieve these high standards, from the effectiveness of its governing body and leadership team to the 
school’s relevant curriculum, the effective tracking of students’ progress and the development of their potential within a safe and caring environment.”

To improve further the teachers have been asked to set more challenging targets for their pupils and must provide more opportunities for them to take responsibility for their learning, and 
class questions should be harder.

Mr Reilly said the suggestions have been taken on board and improvements will be made.

He said: “The action points, which match the school’s own self-evaluation, will form part of the next stage in the strategic development of the school, following this positive endorsement by Ofsted.”