Dear Parents and Carers
Inspection: Sheffield Springs Academy Out of Special Measures!
I am writing to you to share the very good news
that on their recent visit, Ofsted judged that we no longer require Special
Measures. I have enclosed a full report
from Ofsted which also can be viewed on our website from Wednesday.
This news is very encouraging for us all as it
demonstrates that the changes we have all worked hard to introduce into the
Academy are proving to be successful.
The removal of Special Measures is not easy and Ofsted only recommend it
when they are confident that the improvements in place are secure and permanent
and that the future of the school is secure.
Throughout the inspection, Ofsted were impressed by
the hard work, commitment and dedication of our students and staff. In particular, they recognised the “positive
culture” that now exists across the Academy and that we have in place “enough
good and outstanding practice to drive improvement”. They share our confidence that standards at
Key Stage 4 will improve in 2015/2016 and beyond, they are impressed by the strong
improvements in the quality of teaching and the changes to the curriculum which
are helping to raise students’ aspirations and ambition.
As a parent, I hope that you will be pleased with
the many positive comments that the Inspectors made about your children, in
particular they said:
Our students are “polite and show respect for
Our students are “increasingly proud of their
Good progress is being made by our most able
students and across the academy at KS3
Our Sixth Form students are “good role models
for other students”
There are “notable success stories and good
support for particularly vulnerable students which is resulting in good
Our students “implicitly trust teachers to deal
with issues which concern them”
Our students’ “behaviour at social time is much
We know that as an Academy we still have a distance
to travel and some key areas to improve.
Ofsted have identified a number of areas that still require
improvement. However, I hope you agree
that today’s news is incredibly encouraging and provides evidence that we are
moving in the right direction.
I would like to thank all students, parents, staff
and Governors for their hard work and dedication over the past 2 years. This is an important judgment for Sheffield
Springs Academy and our wider community and I am delighted that our combined
hard work has been recognised by Ofsted.
We look forward to continuing this journey after
half term and into the future.