School is getting better - Ofsted

May 31 2019

HANHAM Woods Academy is a step closer to being removed from special measures following a third monitoring inspection.


Inspectors who visited recently following the academy's 'Inadequate' rating in October 2017 concluded: “Leaders and managers are taking effective action towards the removal of special measures.”
The academy will now be allowed to appoint newly qualified teachers.
The inspectors' report said: “Many of the improvements that leaders implemented in the last year are now coming to fruition. The vast majority of systems are in place and leaders are focused on ensuring that the culture of the school supports achievement for all its pupils.”
The report said pupils say teaching is more consistent and there is a “substantial improvement” in the attendance of students.
Inspectors also stated: “Pupils behave well in their classes. They do what teachers ask of them without complaint. The use of sanctions, such as removal from lessons and exclusion, has dropped very significantly.
“Increasingly, pupils have positive attitudes to learning. They are responding to the higher expectations of their teachers and the improved quality of teaching.”
Steve Kneller, principal of Hanham Woods Academy, welcomed the latest report.
He said: “We are pleased that the inspection team saw the improvements that we have been working on. Credit must go to hard working staff, supportive parents and most of all our amazing students. I would also like to thank Cabot Learning Federation for their contribution to school improvement.
“We are not complacent and there is still more work to be done. We have strong plans in place to address the issues with Literacy and we will not rest until we provide every young person with a world class education.”