Leadership and pupil welfare deemed ‘Outstanding’ in Sutton Community Academy Ofsted report
Sutton Community Academy in Sutton-in-Ashfield has gained its first-ever ‘Good’ Ofsted rating, including ‘Outstanding’ elements, following an inspection in November 2016. The report states “pupils, parents and staff are almost unanimous in their praise” for the academy, which is part of Academy Transformation Trust.
Leadership is rated Outstanding, with Principal Tim Croft described as “focused unremittingly” on making improvements to the quality of teaching, pupil attitudes and pupil outcomes. Inspectors say that this focus has created “a culture of higher expectations of both staff and pupils”. Together with the senior leadership team the Principal has “embedded an ethos of high aspiration, hard work and sharply focused improvement”.
An Outstanding rating was also given for ‘personal development, behaviour and welfare’, with Inspectors noting that pupils “develop in to confident, articulate and enthusiastic young people, who aspire to achieve the very best they can”. Support for pupils from a variety of backgrounds, and for those facing challenging circumstances is recognised as “exemplary”. Behaviour in the academy is of “an exceptionally high standard” which has created an environment where pupils “mix together well”. This results in pupils feeling “extremely proud of their school and the opportunities it provides for them”, a conclusion supported by a dramatic reduction in fixed term exclusions and no permanent exclusions in the past two years.
Inspectors praised Sutton Community Academy’s “comprehensive” guidance for pupils that ensures they are “well informed about their options for careers, education and training” in preparation for life beyond school. This is complemented by a spiritual, moral, social and cultural education that readies pupils for life in modern Britain. Pupils can “consider their place in the community, both within the school and beyond” through opportunities including a compulsory two-week citizenship placement for Year 10 pupils and ‘News Friday’, a tutor group event where pupils can express their views confidently on topical issues to aide learning and understanding of British values.
Teaching, learning and assessment was commended, with Inspectors recognising it as “good, with some that is of very high quality”. Using lead practitioners from within the academy and Trust to develop teaching has been “particularly effective”, and the curriculum is praised as “well-designed” and “adapted” to meet pupils varying needs. Through the high standard of teaching, Year 11 pupils with low starting points made progress that is “greater than the national average” with pupil outcomes “improving strongly” across many subjects. Inspectors state that this combination of careers advice and improved achievement is “securing better destination[s]” for pupils upon leaving the academy, including more disadvantaged pupils now continuing to study post-16 “because they achieve better grades than ever before”.
In the report, Inspectors hailed the contribution of Academy Transformation Trust to the governance of the academy as “committed and highly effective”. Inspectors say that Governors are outstanding and their “high levels of support and challenge” have contributed to the academy’s “considerable progress”. Governors are described as “passionate in their quest to improve outcomes for all pupils” which they achieve through having “high aspirations and expectations”. Highlighting the effectiveness of the Governors, Inspectors state “where they are not satisfied, they do not accept excuses, and set challenging targets for improvement”.
The result means that 90% of ATT secondary academies are now rated ‘Good’. This compares to 18% rated ‘Good’ on joining ATT.
Tim Croft, Principal at Sutton Community Academy commented: “This report confirms that Sutton Community Academy is firmly on course to secure an overall Outstanding rating, and is testimony to our commitment to provide the best education for all pupils. I am most proud that Ofsted have recognised that our pupils are truly outstanding, confirming a belief we have always held. This transformation was only made possible through the efforts of the whole academy team and so I am delighted that Inspectors viewed leadership at all levels as outstanding. I would like to thank the Trust, governors, teaching staff and support staff for their dedication to improving standards and most of all, I want to acknowledge the vital role of the pupils and their families in delivering this excellent report which is the highest achieving in the Trust and in all of Ashfield.”
Ian Cleland, CEO at Academy Transformation Trust commented: “I am delighted that the outstanding job that Tim Croft has done at Sutton Community Academy has been recognised by Ofsted. We have known about and seen demonstrated his outstanding qualities for some time. It is also absolutely fantastic to have an Ofsted outstanding rating for personal development, behaviour and welfare for the pupils. The academy was very close to being outstanding overall and we have no doubt that this will be achieved at the next Ofsted inspection. Sutton Community Academy is a real exemplar of what the Academy Movement is all about, bringing excellent education to young people in communities that are challenged by deprivation and disadvantage. ATT is delighted that it has fulfilled its promise to the Sutton community and appreciates the contribution that has been made by all concerned – staff, pupils, parents and the wider community – to this achievement”.
The report can be read here: reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/139063 ... See MoreSee Less
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ST MARY'S FOOD BANK COLLECTION UPDATE
Staff and students at the academy have been incredibly generous over the past couple of weeks donating items for the food bank at St Mary's. The table is bulging with items that will help less fortunate local families over the Christmas period.
There is still time to donate items so please bring any further donations you have in to the academy by the end of Monday. The items we have collected will then be taken up to St Mary's. Many thanks for your fantastic response that has helped Sutton Community Academy support this vital local facility. ... See MoreSee Less
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CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY, 16th DECEMBER 1016
A big thank you to all our staff and students who have come into the academy today wearing their Christmas jumpers in aid of Save The Children, there is a very festive air around the academy today! The total raised is still to follow, but in the meantime here are some photographs of some of the fantastic jumpers being worn around the academy today. ... See MoreSee Less
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SCA STUDENT SUCCESSES AT ACADEMY TRANSFORMATION TRUST STUDENT AWARDS
Two students from Sutton Community Academy were honoured in this year’s Academy Transformation Trust Pupil Awards during a ceremony on Thursday 8th December.
Hosted by street dancers Jordan Banjo and Perri Kiely from Britain’s Got Talent winners Diversity, the ceremony brought together pupils, staff and parents from The Trust’s 22 academies to recognise and celebrate pupils’ achievements across 10 categories.
Leah Wilson won the Overcoming Adversity award, and Ethan West took home the Character award.
Tim Croft, Principal, said: “Ethan is a student who has always shown a desire to succeed. He is a member of the Combined Cadet Force and leads by example, showing a great level of maturity and confidence. Recently when a member of the public was injured in an accident after school, Ethan made sure the victim was comfortable until the ambulance came and he was hailed as an outstanding young individual.”
The Court Team at Sutton Community Academy, who earlier this year came 3rd in a national magistrates court competition, won the Outstanding Team award. The team was represented at the awards by Chelsea Stone and Connor-Lee Baugh. ... See MoreSee Less
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CHRISTMAS CLOSURE REMINDER:
This is a reminder that due to the essential boiler maintenance taking place over the Christmas holiday period, the academy will close to students at 3:00pm on Monday 19th December 2016. The academy will reopen on Wednesday 4th January 2017. Thank you. ... See MoreSee Less
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CCF CADETS RECEIVE PROFICIENCY BADGES
This week several of Sutton Academy's cadets were awarded badges for proficiency in air rifle shooting. Congratulations to you all.
Congratulations also to Cadet Lukosiute on being promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal. Well done!
2 Lt Wells and 2Lt Rutter would like to wish all of the Cadets a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. ... See MoreSee Less
CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY, FRIDAY 16th DECEMBER 2016
Sutton Community Academy will be taking part in this year's Christmas Jumper day on Friday 16th December. Students are able to wear a Christmas jumper without their blazer but must otherwise wear their FULL SCHOOL UNIFORM, in return for a £1 donation which will be sent to Save the Children.
Please note that any students who attempt to come into school in non-uniform will be sent home to change. Thank you. ... See MoreSee Less
Our new course guide is out now! Pick up your copy from reception or view course details online: www.suttonacademy.attrust.org.uk/adult/course-guide/
SUTTON COMMUNITY ACADEMY'S CHRISTMAS CONCERTS
On the 6th and 7th December Sutton Community Academy held its annual Christmas concerts. A staggering 120 students took part in the 2 night concert performing a range of drama, music and dance acts. Year 7 performed 3 songs, with guitar and keyboard solos and a sneaky peak of the school production "Rock of Ages". The students were amazing ambassadors for the school and got everyone into the Christmas spirit by finishing with a good sing-a-long of Shakin' Stevens's "Merry Christmas Everyone".
A big thankyou to all students who took part and friends and family who came along and supported the evening. ... See MoreSee Less
Monday 19th December
SMSC Visit to London and the Houses of Parliament
Years 12 and 13 Celebration of Culture trip to Nottingham
Academy closes for the Christmas holidays
Wednesday 4th January 2017
Academy re-opens for the Spring Term
Tuesday 24th January
Years 11, 12 and 13 Parents’ Evening/Revise Right Meeting