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 2020

3rd March 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

We have been awaiting our Section 8 monitoring visit following our Section 5 Ofsted inspection in July 2019. As discussed at our post inspection Parent meetings, we could have up to three monitoring visits within a 30-month period. The purpose of the monitoring visits is to assess our progress towards areas of improvement identified in the Section 5 inspection.

 

Since July, we have been working incredibly hard on our Post Inspection action plan, alongside our Academy Improvement Plan. Our Post Inspection action plan is available on the Academy website and inspectors recognised this work within the monitoring visit, deeming our improvement plan and statement of action fit for purpose.

 

The report also recognises many strengths, including that Leaders have made some progress against the areas for improvement identified at the previous inspection:

 

• The restructuring of the senior leadership team has increased the school’s capacity to make further improvements

• Pupils and students in the sixth form receive a great deal of expert care, particularly from the interim designated safeguarding leader. They value the ‘hub’ enormously. Many said that they appreciate the support and guidance they receive from staff

• Leaders are ambitious to improve the quality of sixth-form provision

• They are ambitious to ensure that students are safe, attend regularly and receive an excellent education.

• Leadership of the sixth form has improved

• The rigour with which leaders now monitor students’ academic needs is improving

• The arrangements to monitor students’ attendance have improved

• Leaders have addressed the weaknesses identified at the previous inspection relating to the arrangements for students’ work experience

• The head of school has a clear vision. She is ambitious to make sure that the school is one where all pupils achieve and become well-rounded individuals. She does not shy away from the challenges she faces to improve the school further

• Leaders are determined to create a positive and caring culture that supports pupils’ academic success as well as their well-being

• Staff work well with external agencies to get the right support for pupils; the head of school is committed to ensuring that pupils’ welfare is ‘everyone’s business’

• The quality of local governance has improved. The trust has appointed a new chair of the local governing body with the skills required of the role

• The chair of the local governing board is knowledgeable and ambitious to improve the school

 

The new Ofsted framework, against which we are now being judged, was only launched in September 2019 and brought extensive changes to both the way the which schools are inspected and the level of scrutiny. The level of change is evidenced by the recent decision by the inspectorate to extend the transition period afforded to schools to bring their curriculum into line with the new inspection framework by an additional year.

 

New ‘deep dives’ scrutinies are now a feature of inspections and include evaluation of senior leadership, middle leaders, teachers and students. Following an extensively rigorous ‘deep dive’ of Safeguarding, Inspectors judged the academy to not yet be taking effective action towards the removal of the ‘serious weaknesses’ designation at this point in time. This leads to a judgement that “strategic arrangements for safeguarding need to improve further.”

 

Whilst we acknowledge the fact that some of this positive and important work is in its infancy, we, along with our staff, governors and Trustees remain ambitious for the school and want the very best for all our students. We are currently on a journey of school improvement and are wholeheartedly committed to continue building on the positive and important work that has already taken place.

 

Working together always makes us more successful for our young people and your input into your child’s education is important to us. We would welcome your views at Parent forums planned for March-April 2020 to support the shaping of our ongoing work – further details will follow next week.

 

Yours sincerely,

Cara Walker

Head of School

Kevin Gaiderman

CEO

Nick Hollis

Chair of Trust Board