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William Lovell C of E Academy: “Leaders’ actions have instilled a sense of optimism about the future of the school"

During a recent Ofsted monitoring visit, staff and pupils at William Lovell C of E Academy in Stickney were delighted with the verdict that “leaders and managers are taking effective action towards the removal of special measures.” The Inspection, which took place over two days on the 10th and 11th September 2019, found that the “pace of improvement is accelerating,” with leaders’ actions having “instilled as sense of optimism about the future.”

Inspectors were complimentary regarding improvements, describing how the school had “improved the school’s leadership capacity and stabilised staff.” Executive Headteacher, Simon Sprague, and Head of School, Katherine Cocker-Goring, were described as, “A unified team, fostering a shared culture of belief and cooperation, underpinned by high expectations.” The report describes how the leaders have brought about a “renewed energy and determination to rapidly improve standards.”

Staff morale was described in the report as “very high” and Inspectors felt that there was a “strong sense of ‘togetherness’ in the improvement journey.” Staff we praised for their “strong knowledge and understanding of individual needs and contexts.” Despite periods of instability in the past, Inspectors noted that pupils were “beginning to feel more confident that new staff will be retained for the longer term.”

The report applauded the school for the quality of pastoral care received by pupils describing it as a “strength of the school,” with Inspectors characterising the culture of the school as having a “strong commitment to the most vulnerable students.” The report explained that students were aware of “who they can talk to about any worries or concerns” and that students felt “safe in school.” Inspectors also commented on the new ‘house’ structure where “mixed-age tutor groups has strengthened the relationships between pupils of different year groups.”

Inspectors went on to compliment behaviour, writing that the “conduct of the vast majority of pupils is calm and orderly, in lessons and around the school site.” During the visit, pupils were positive about the new Prefect roles in Year 10 and 11, describing how pupils were “happy at being appointed to these roles and appreciated the responsibility for supporting leadership.”

Ofsted also described improvements to curriculum provision, stating, “Pupils now experience a broad range of subjects,” which reflect the academy’s “Anglican ethos.”

See the full report here.