Huntingdon receives first Ofsted inspection - L.E.A.D. Academy Trust

Huntingdon Academy rated an outstanding example of excellent practice

5th December 2011

Huntingdon Academy is celebrating its second ‘outstanding’ inspection rating in four years – the highest any school can achieve.

Ofsted judged the school to be outstanding in virtually every category of inspection.

Huntingdon became an academy in October and is the lead school in the new L.E.A.D. Academy Trust, which aims to give more children in Nottingham and other parts of the country an exceptional education.

Executive Headteacher Diana Owen, who has led the school from special measures twelve years ago to outstanding status, attributed the success to the hard work and commitment of pupils, staff, parents and governors.

'We’re particularly delighted to be recognised for the third time running for exceptional standards in teaching and learning. We work very hard to create a coaching environment in our school, where every teacher is inspired to develop their teaching skills.'

Ofsted praised Huntingdon for being 'an outstanding and highly inclusive school where pupils develop a love of learning'. As one parent said, ‘All my children love school. This school is getting better and better.’

The report went on to say, 'The high quality of teaching and learning has been recognised externally and the school is a model of excellent practice.'

Inspectors said, 'The outstanding curriculum caters very effectively for the wide range of learning and personal needs in school. Teachers plan highly stimulating learning activities...which stimulate pupils’ interest and capture their imaginations.' They told pupils, 'The outstanding teaching you get is helping you all to make excellent progress. The superb way you use your learning targets aids that process.'

The Head of School, Teresa Shrestha said, ‘It is the commitment of the team here that helps to maintain the standards, everyone is dedicated to doing their best for the children.’

Ofsted also praised Huntingdon’s exceptionally effective partnerships, which not only enrich children’s learning and achievement but also promote excellent community cohesion. Pupils’ exceptional behaviour in lessons and strong awareness of safety and healthy living were also commended.

The report highlighted that, 'leaders drive school improvement very effectively... all staff work very closely together to monitor the impact of improvement initiatives.'

Ms Owen commented, 'Through the L.E.A.D. Academy Trust, we want to share the strong focus on teaching and learning and leadership development on a much wider scale so that greater numbers of children, locally and nationally, benefit from the education and life chances they deserve.'

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