Biddick Academy - Academy Performance & OFSTED Info

Academy Performance & OFSTED Info

26th May 2016

Ofsted inspected our school on 10th and 11th of May 2016.  

Overview of the Ofsted Inspection

The inspection involved two inspectors on the first day and five on the second day.  This was an experienced team, including two of Her Majesty’s Inspectors, gathering a range of evidence to recognise the progress and significant improvements since September 2014.  Ofsted’s assessment of our school was in line with our own evaluation – with our strengths and areas where we must focus our efforts to improve further outlined in the report.  The collective judgement of the inspection team recognised the strengths and capacity of the school:

  • Leadership and Management:Good
  • Quality of teaching and learning: Good
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare: Good
  • Outcomes for pupils:Requires Improvement

The judgement for outcomes had an emphasis and weight to the historical outcomes and variability since the previous inspection in October 2012.  This resulted in the overall judgement for the school as ‘requires improvement’ as is directed by the current inspection handbook.  This is disappointing considering the improvements that been implemented in the last two years.

Report Findings

We agree with Ofsted’s view of our strengths, including:

  • We were viewed as a welcoming, friendly and happy school that has a well-developed culture of mutual respect and tolerance.
  • The school is extremely proud of the quality of pupils’ personal development and welfare.  Pupils are safe, behave well and develop as well-rounded young people.
  • Positive relationships between teachers and pupils, and between pupils were seen as major contributors to the life of the school.
  • Recognition of the strength and capacity of leadership and management, with well-developed plans in place that are bringing about the necessary improvements.
  • Acknowledgement that standards are rising further and a programme of change is addressing inconsistencies, because of our understanding of what needs to change and an unreserved drive to avoid complacency.
  • Members of staff are working hard to deliver better rates of pupil progress across the curriculum.
  • The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is improving rapidly with pupils making better progress as a result.
  • There is a strong commitment to inclusion and equal opportunities through our work to support pupils who have special educational needs or disability.
  • The strong curriculum we offer meets pupils’ interests effectively, including the inclusion of a broad vocational offer linked to the local jobs market.
  • Pupils receive good information and guidance to support the transition to the next phase of learning, with nearly all students securing a place in further education, employment or training.
  • Governors of the school have a clear vision for our development and are working strategically to secure sustainable change for the long-term improvement of the school.

We also agree with the report that there are areas where we can improve and they are:

  • Improve the progress pupils make across the curriculum at key stages 3 and 4 and raise levels of attainment.
  • Address the minority of teaching that lacks challenge and engagement for the most-able pupils.
  • Further improve attendance, especially the attendance of disadvantaged pupils.
  • Strengthen the role of middle leaders so that they have greater influence and accelerate the pace of progress across the school.

Reflection on the Report

When you read the report I urge you to read the text and use of language to see beyond the headline judgement.  There were so many positives and areas to celebrate, which is reflected in three out of the four areas judged as ‘good’.  Overall we are disappointed and hurt with the overall judgement, but we do not dispute the need to improve consistency in the areas identified. Show us an organisation that doesn’t ‘require improvement’; there is always room to improve in every walk of life.  The feeling of being a ‘requires improvement’ school provides more determination, passion and willingness to do the very best for our young people and our community.  

Biddick is a good school with many great elements and Ofsted have acknowledged we have the capacity to improve even further.  We are passionate that our young people leave Biddick as well-rounded individuals prepared for the next stage of their lives.

If you would like to speak to me about the report, please contact the school to arrange an appointment.


Yours faithfully



Mr P Cowen, Head Teacher                             Mr D McDonald, Chair of Governors                                                                                                        


Click here to access the Ofsted Report - Biddick Academy Ofsted Report May 2016 

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