Inspectors have delivered a resounding judgement that Castle Hall Academy is a good school. A team of four Ofsted inspectors visited the Mirfield academy at the end of February, and their report is published this week.
Castle Hall Academy principal, Andy Pugh, says the report is a tribute to the hard work and commitment of the whole Castle Hall Academy team. Mr Pugh said, “I am delighted that the dedicated efforts of staff and students, the guidance of governors, and the support of parents/carers and the community have all been recognised.
“The Ofsted team have judged us as “Good” on all four aspects of the inspection – Achievement, Teaching, Behaviour and Safety, and Leadership.” In 2013, the academy had been judged by Ofsted as requiring improvement but the report highlights significant improvements and strengths which were seen by Ofsted during the inspection.
The report notes that strong leadership and effective management and governance have combined to improve teaching, which in turn has led to raised standards of student achievement, attendance and behaviour.
Inspectors praised the commitment seen to offering students an ‘academic’ curriculum, including teaching all students a modern foreign language – which in turn leads to scores for the English Baccalaureate which are well above average. “As a result, almost all students leaving the academy at the end of Year 11 continue their learning, many of them progressing to academic sixth forms and then on to university.”
They described the academy as a “harmonious learning environment” in which discrimination is not tolerated and good relationships exist between students of different cultures and backgrounds. “Students are well prepared for life in modern Britain.”
Chair of governors, Mr Chris Sutcliffe, said, “The Governors are incredibly proud of the whole school community who have all worked so hard to achieve this well-deserved result. We now need to cement this “Good” judgement and build on that foundation to move towards becoming an “Outstanding” school.”
Mr Pugh said the report has provided a boost for the academy. “The inspectors conclude that aspirations are high for future performance. We intend to use this report as a platform on which we can now look forward to building even greater success in the future.”
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