Chellaston Academy

Chief Executive Officer for Peak Multi-Academy Trust: Mr K Gaiderman. M.Ed. B.Ed. NPQH

Chair of Peak Multi-Academy Trust: Mr N Hollis

Head of School: Ms C Walker

Chair of Governors: Mrs A Witheford


Swarkestone Road, Chellaston, Derby, DE73 5UB 01332 702502

Ofsted 2019



Ofsted Inspection Report


With the new academic year now fully underway, we wanted to write to you with the feedback from the Academy’s Ofsted inspection, which took place on the 9th and 10th of July.


The inspection team recognised many strengths of the Academy, across all areas of inspection, including:


• The ‘rich curriculum’ offer which includes learning ‘outside of the school day.’

• Teachers in the Academy ‘plan lessons skillfully,’ have ‘excellent subject knowledge’ and ‘know pupils well.’

• Safeguarding of pupils in Key Stages 3 and 4 is ‘highly effective’ with ‘regular, high quality training’ for staff. Pupils told inspectors they feel ‘safe and happy in their school.’

• Pupils attend school regularly in Key Stages 3 and 4, with attendance above the national average.

• Support for emotional wellbeing is described as ‘bespoke and skilled’ and ‘prized’ by students.

• Pupils’ conduct around the school is ‘exemplary’ with a ‘calm and orderly ethos throughout the school.’

• Pupils’ attainment, particularly in English and mathematics at the end of Key Stage 4, is ‘well above the national average in 2018.’

• Disadvantaged pupils are acknowledged as ‘achieving well because of the close support they receive.’

• SEND students receive high quality support with Catch Up funding ‘used well.’

• Inspectors also recognised that the qualifications pupils achieve at Key Stages 4 and 5 ‘ensure that they are well prepared for the next stage of their education, employment and training.’


However, as you will see, due to procedural issues in the Sixth Form, along with some persistent absence in Year 12 last year, the inspection team has concluded that the Academy is currently graded ‘Inadequate’ due to potential safeguarding implications. This safeguarding judgement in Key Stage 5 became a limiting factor which automatically affects other judgements, including Leadership and Management (and Governance); Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare; and Overall Effectiveness.


We have therefore been judged as a school with ‘Serious Weaknesses’ which means that, despite the specific concerns raised regarding Key Stage 5, the inspection team are confident in leaders’ and governors’ capacity to secure the necessary improvement in the school.


While the overall judgement is unfortunate and highly regrettable, we do not believe it is a true reflection of where we currently are as a school. Nevertheless, we fully accept Ofsted’s judgement and have taken significant steps over the summer to address their concerns about weaknesses in our Sixth Form processes. In their report, inspectors are clear that safeguarding processes are ‘highly effective’ at Key Stages 3 and 4. With a new leadership structure in place in the Sixth Form, and the steps we have since taken, we are confident that systems are now equally as rigorous at Key Stage 5.


Therefore, while we know that you will all share our disappointment regarding this overall judgement, we very much hope that you will take the time to read the encouraging feedback on all other areas of the school. It is particularly encouraging to hear how positive parents, students and staff were said to be about the Academy, describing it as the warm, safe and happy school we know it to be.


We want all our students to thrive during their time with us, not only in their academic learning, but through wider opportunities that help them grow into well-rounded, confident and conscientious young people. In 2018, when inspectors visited for a short inspection, they said that the Academy was on its way to becoming an Outstanding school. We have every confidence that, with your support and the continued hard work of staff and students, we will be quickly back on track towards achieving this.


The full Ofsted report is now available at the top of this page.


In addition, we have now published our Post-Inspection Action Plan.  This is an important document which clearly sets out what actions we need to take as a result of the Ofsted Inspection of the Academy in July. It has a clear focus on actions going forward following a root cause analysis of areas identified within the report.  You can download and read the plan from the link at the top of this page.


Yours faithfully,

Cara Walker

Head of School

Kevin Gaiderman


Nick Hollis

Chair of Trust Board