Cornwallis Academy – GOOD in all Areas - Ofsted November 2017.

A new regime at Cornwallis Academy has seen a rapid rise in standards and aspirations, according our latest Ofsted report, published in January.

‘Significant changes’ brought in following the appointment of Mrs Isabelle Linney-Drouet as headteacher have seen improvements in students’ academic results, standards of behaviour and in the quality of teaching at the school, states the report. Pupils are now making strong progress, say Ofsted inspectors who visited in November.

The inspection report, which found the school to be ‘good’ in all areas, says current pupils are doing well across the school. Sixth Form students now making more progress than those in other schools nationally, thanks to students being well-supported and given good guidance. This means greater numbers go on to higher education, employment or an apprenticeship. 

“Most pupils are keen to learn, get to lessons on time and readily involve themselves in learning,” says the report. “Strong positive relationships between teachers and pupils exist across all subjects” and “pupils respond with enthusiasm and a desire to learn.”

Inspectors commented on teachers’ strong subject knowledge and the fact the school is striving to raise standards even further.

“Teachers know pupils’ strengths and weaknesses well and adapt learning precisely to meet the needs of different ability groups,” says the report.  Newly-qualified teachers and those in their first few years of teaching value the support that they receive and the opportunities that they are given for career development.

Pupils are offered a broad and balanced curriculum appropriate to their needs and they enjoy a range of additional activities which provide cultural, creative and sporting opportunities.

Bullying is infrequent and pupils’ behaviour is good. The level of exclusions is diminishing rapidly, as a new culture of respect is established.

“Leaders have created a strong culture of safeguarding across the school. Pupils feel safe and staff support them well.”

Mrs Linney-Drouet said she was delighted with the report’s findings and said: “All the staff have worked tirelessly to make sure pupils are getting the best out of their education. We are all delighted with the outcome and are looking to push Cornwallis Academy from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’ in the next few years.”

The report concludes: “The school has been on a rapid journey of improvement since the appointment of the current headteacher. She has made many positive changes. The culture of the school is changing to one that has high ambitions for all pupils.”

You can read the full report here: