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First ever 'Good' Ofsted rating for a Wisbech school

First ever 'Good' Ofsted rating for a Wisbech school

Published by KLFM
7:50am 14th February 2020.

A school in Wisbech has received its first ever Good rating from Ofsted.

Thomas Clarkson Academy has been described as 'unrecognisable' compared to a few years ago by inspectors 

The Academy received good grades in all five key areas inspected.

Thomas Clarkson Academy Staff

Inspectors found that leaders have made 'substantial improvements' to the quality of education and have 'high expectations' of all pupils, providing 'effective support'for those with social, emotional and mental health needs. 

The report said: 

"The school is well led. The dedication of leaders and governors to the school, the pupils and the local community is impressive. Leaders work hard to engage parents and gain the confidence of the community, and work effectively with external agencies to support vulnerable pupils."

The report notes that teachers' subject knowledge is strong in many subject areas, particularly in maths and English, and the curriculum is 'ambitious' for those with special educational needs or the disadvantaged. The range of extracurricular activities was also highlighted, along with careers advice and guidance as 'almost all Year 11 pupils move on to further education, employment or training'.

The Sixth Form received praise with students valuing 'the distinctiveness of the sixth form while still feeling part of the school community. Students' attitudes are very positive. They maintain a strong focus on their studies'.

The report added that pupils feel safe and well supported in school and are known as individuals by staff. Inspectors said that 'relationships between staff and pupils are very positive and staff increasingly motivate pupils to work hard and try their best. Staff have high expectations of pupils' conduct, know their pupils well and can spot potential safeguarding concerns'.

Principal Richard Scott said: 

"I'm over the moon that the community of Wisbech has a good state school for the first time in its history - a school that people can be proud of. This is a fantastic achievement and it is confirmation of the hard work by all the staff and students at TCA, with support from parents and the local community. It reflects our shared ethos that every single young person in Wisbech has the right to a good education delivered by their local school.

"We are beginning to have a significant impact on the lives of young people in this town and that is something which will continue. One of the things I am most proud of is that inspectors recognised the positive relationships between students and staff. I am also pleased that the number of parents who would recommend TCA has now more than doubled. We have benefited from invaluable support from the Brooke Weston Trust and from Executive Principal Anne Hill."