Thistley Hough Academy celebrates ‘Good’ Ofsted report

“Ambitious for every pupil”


Students, staff, Trust leaders and Academy Council Members from Thistley Hough Academy in Penkhull, Stoke-on-Trent, are celebrating shared success after Ofsted confirmed the school’s ‘Good’ status. 

The school – a secondary operated by Creative Education Trust, and providing education for nearly 1,000 students aged 11-16 – was praised as ‘ambitious for every pupil’ in the report, following a two-day inspection in May 2022.


Inspectors were overwhelmingly positive in their assessment of every aspect of life at Thistley Hough, from the “broad, balanced curriculum”, which is co-created between the school and the Trust, and to students’ evident “pride in their work”.


The report recognises teachers’ “strong subject knowledge” and well-planned lessons, complemented by the largely “calm and orderly atmosphere” that reflects “high expectations” of student behaviour, and a “strong safeguarding culture”. Describing the Academy as a “caring school”, the report particularly commends the excellent pastoral care on offer, noting that “pupils are confident they will get support when they need it”.


This was the Academy’s first routine inspection in five years, since Ofsted judged the school to be ‘Good’ in March 2017.


Noel Kennedy, Interim Principal at Thistley Hough Academy, said: “Ofsted’s appraisal is a credit to the entire Thistley Hough Academy community; the inspectors have recognised sustained efforts among all of our staff, students and parents in cultivating a safe, positive environment, which is ultimately creating articulate, creative, resourceful and independent learners”.


Marc Jordan, CEO of Creative Education Trust, said: “The obvious devotion and professionalism of colleagues at Thistley Hough Academy and the central Creative Education Trust team has been recognised by Ofsted. Thistley Hough continues to be a ‘Good’ school, but one that inspectors recognise has not stood still. The impact of curriculum developments and their positive effects on students’ learning, engagement and behaviour are evidence of everyone’s commitment to continuous improvement at all Creative Education Trust schools.”


For a copy of the full Ofsted report please click here