Congratulations to KLC client Greensward Academy on its confirmation of being one of the top schools in the country!
Greensward Academy celebrates Ofsted success
Staff, governors, students and parents are celebrating after Ofsted inspectors awarded Greensward Academy, in Greensward Lane, Hockley, an “outstanding” report.
Just 13 per cent of secondary schools nationally achieve this standard.
The report said: “Greensward Academy provides outstanding value for money because it serves both its students and its community so well.
“The students enjoy their time there and leave with many personal attributes which will be of exceptional benefit to them in their future lives.
“Leaders of the academy have built an outstanding curriculum with a host of options, which is finely tuned to students’ individual needs. As a result, all students leave with good qualifications and the wider personal skills they need.”
As the lead school in the Academies Enterprise Trust, Greensward became the first high achieving school to join the academy programme in 2008 to work in conjunction with other schools to help raise educational standards.
Headteacher Debbie Stokes feels the glowing report confirms Greensward Academy has continued to achieve highly under this new programme.
She said: “I have always felt high achieving schools will continue to improve themselves while also helping others.
“This report makes that quite clear. We are over-the-moon with the results.”
The report also said students feel safe and behave well and that leaders constantly strive for further improvements.
National spotlight on Greensward
The national spotlight was put on Greensward Academy when it featured on ITV’s Daybreak breakfast show.
The programme was discussing the issue of three-quarters of parents surveyed taking their children out of school in an effort to go on cut-price holidays.
Greensward has just 0.35 per cent of unauthorised absences as a result of its five-term year, where the school is open for eight weeks and then closed for two.
The term structure was altered in 2000 to better meet the demand of modular courses and to avoid the summer learning loss.
A benefit of this system is that parents are able to take their children on cheaper holidays as their school breaks do not coincide with the majority of schools.
This low unauthorised absence figure earned the school an “outstanding” in its recent Ofsted report.