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Leadership and pupil welfare deemed ‘Outstanding’ in Sutton Community Academy Ofsted report

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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. Tim has 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 viewed here.


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Sutton Community Academy is supporting Safer Internet Day 2017

Sutton Community Academy is joining the global Safer Internet Day campaign to promote the safe and responsible use of technology.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, Safer Internet Day will take place on Tuesday 7th February 2016 with the theme ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’.

Celebrated in over 100 countries, Safer Internet Day will see Sutton Community Academy join hundreds of organisations right across the UK and globally to ‘be the change’ and help create a better internet.

To celebrate the day, Sutton Community Academy is providing age differentiated year meetings as well as completing E-Safety work in lessons with every student getting involved.

Sutton Community Academy will be part of a nationwide day of action involving the #SID2017 social media campaign and youth events where young people will have the opportunity to have their say about the digital issues that affect them.

Will Gardner, Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre and CEO of Childnet, said:
“Safer Internet Day is an opportunity for everyone across the UK and globally to unite for a better internet. Whether you are a young person, parent, carer, school or organisation, we can all ‘be the change’ and take positive actions to make the internet a better place. Hundreds of schools and organisations have pledged their support for Safer Internet Day and it is this collaboration that helps ensure Safer Internet Day has such a positive impact, reaching 40% of UK children in 2016 and growing year on year.”
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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. Tim has 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
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George RaffanWas always a top school...now its been officially recognised.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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