Ofsted Report 2017

Dear Parents /Carers Ofsted

Inspection – March 2017

As you are aware the Academy was inspected by Ofsted on 22nd – 23rd March 2017.

The report has now been finalised and will be published on the Ofsted website on 26th April 2017.

I am delighted to announce that Thistley Hough Academy has been graded as Good with some Outstanding features.

I would like to thank all those members of the school community who shared their comments with the inspection team and also those parents/carers who took the time to share their views on Parent View, Ofsted’s on-line questionnaire.

The full report is now available on for you to read and hard copies can be collected from Reception.

Copies will also be emailed home to parents/carers.

Please do let us know if you would like us to post one home to you. Please find below a summary of some of the key points from the inspection report:

• “The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding.”

• “Pupils benefit from an extensive range of activities which help them to develop selfconfidence and high aspirations for themselves.”

• “Pupils are well cared for at the school and parents agree.”

• “Leaders place a high priority on developing pupils’ self-confidence and aspirations. The wide and diverse range of extra-curricular activities has an impact on this.”

• Relationships across the school are positive and highly conducive to good learning. Pupils work hard and are polite, courteous and well-mannered.” • “The school prepares pupils very well for the next stage of their education or employment.”

• “Leaders are successfully unlocking the academic and personal potential in all pupils.”

• Teaching, learning and assessment have improved considerably since the last inspection and as a result “Teaching is Good”. As a result, pupils make consistently good progress. Teaching in English is now a ‘significant strength’. The Creative Education Academies Trust is a company limited by guarantee Registered in England and Wales no 7617529 Registered Office: 7 Sicilian Avenue, LONDON WC1A 2QR The Creative Education Academies Trust is a charity, regulated by the Secretary of State for Education

• In 2016 every Year 11 pupil made progress that was “well above average across a range of subjects, including English” and every Year 11 pupil who has left the school over the past three years has moved on to higher education or employment with training.

• “All groups of pupils make good progress across year groups”.

• Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities “make good progress because they receive effective support”.

These points are just a small snapshot of the full report and I do hope that you take the time read it in its entirety.

I am absolutely delighted with the findings of our inspection and this is a great moment for everybody at Thistley Hough; staff, students and families alike. Walking around the school every day, I see great dedication, ambition, high expectations and acts of brilliance and kindness, big and small. This is the Thistley Hough that I know and love and I am delighted that Ofsted saw the same.

As I have always maintained, our vision is to be graded as ‘Outstanding’ overall and the findings of this inspection are a significant step on this journey. As we start the next chapter in the proud history of Thistley Hough, I look forward to working with the whole-school community to realise this but, more importantly, making sure that every student that leaves us is enabled to do great things with their life.

Yours sincerely

Holly Hartley

(A very proud) Principal

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