November 18th, 2015
Improvements at Nottingham University Samworth Academy (NUSA) have lifted the school out of special measures, according to the latest inspection by Ofsted.
NUSA was placed in special measures in the autumn of 2013 and the leadership team and staff have worked hard to improve all aspects of the school. The outcome of this inspection is a welcome confirmation that the strategies put in place by the sponsors (The University of Nottingham and the Samworth Trust) and the Torch Academy Gateway Trust (who operate the school as education partners), have had a real impact.
The conclusion of an Ofsted Inspection at the Bilborough school on October 20-21 was that “Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector is of the opinion that the school no longer requires special measures”.
Mark Watts, Head of School, said: “We are delighted that Ofsted have moved the school out of special measures. This judgement is testament to the immense hard work that staff and students have displayed over the last two years.
“With the unwavering support of the sponsors and directors we have undertaken an ambitious and focused programme of school improvement. Every aspect of the school’s operation has been reviewed and our unrelenting focus on teaching and learning has begun to bear fruit.
“We would agree with Ofsted when they categorise the school as ‘Requiring Improvement’. We believe we have only just started a journey that will eventually create a school at NUSA that realises the ambitions of all its students and challenges the young people of Bilborough to achieve their true potential.”
Professor Sarah O’Hara, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Student Experience at The University of Nottingham, said: “This is very welcome news for the students, staff and leadership team and it’s fantastic that all the improvements at NUSA have been formally recognised. NUSA has come a long way in the last two years, and we look forward to working with the school as it continues to improve.”
There were many positives contained within the inspection report which placed the school in the ‘Requires Improvement’ category.
John Tomasevic, CEO of the Torch academy Gateway Trust concluded: “This outcome validates the direction of travel the Torch Academy Gateway Trust Group has set out in partnership with the NUSA Trust for the long term prosperity and wellbeing of the students who attend the academy. Whilst we recognise there is still a long way to go to build an outstanding school we are confident that we now have the foundations to deliver this vision.”
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