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TCA’s Ofsted report is online now

Thomas Clarkson Academy’s Ofsted report is available online now. The academy has been judged as ‘rapidly improving’ and it received ‘good’ judgements for the effectiveness of its leadership and management and its Sixth Form (16 to 19 study programmes).

Students’ personal development and welfare was also found to be good. In addition safeguarding, student care and careers advice were highlighted as positive and developing aspects of the school, after the inspection on 31 October and 1 November.

Leadership was praised by the Inspectors who said the Academy’s leaders had ‘a sharp focus’ on school improvement and a ‘highly accurate picture of the school’s strengths and areas for further development’ as well as having ‘identified and successfully addressed the most urgent issues’. Ofsted said: ’Leaders and the Principal share a clear vision for the academic and pastoral well-being of all pupils.’ They have introduced ‘policies and procedures which are beginning to have impact’ and Principal Anne Hill ‘is frank about the challenges of the school and does not make or accept excuses for poor performance.’

There was also praise for the work of the Brooke Weston Trust, which has supported the school’s improvement ‘over a sustained period’ and MAT leaders who ‘demonstrate commitment to improving the life chances of pupils in the school and the town. The MAT ‘brings together individuals who have a strong blend of relevant educational, financial and legal skills’ to oversee the school, with regular visits from MAT leaders and school governors to ‘hold leaders to account.’

Brooke Weston CEO Dr Andrew Campbell said: ‘This report reflects the strength and unswerving vision of senior leaders at Thomas Clarkson and the school’s continuing commitment to improve, underpinned by support from all levels of the Brooke Weston Trust. What is most gratifying is that inspectors can see we are corporately seeking to make a real and sustained difference to the life chances and aspirations of students in Wisbech and the local area.’

To read the full report click here.


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