Academy still has work to improve

Pupils and staff at Northumberland Church of England Academy (NCEA) celebrate their Ofsted report.
Pupils and staff at Northumberland Church of England Academy (NCEA) celebrate their Ofsted report.

A school has been told it still needs to improve despite celebrating its best exam results this summer.

The Sixth Form at the Northumberland Church of England Academy (NECA) was rated as good by Ofsted.

And the leadership and management was described as “ambitious and determined” and “passionate about improving life chances of learners”.

Improvements made to standards in Key Stages 2, 4 and 5 were also noted.

However, the school – among the first to be rated under new Ofsted guidelines – was found to still require improvements with further action needed to improve progress levels in early years and Key Stage 1 and raise standards in maths.

NCEA includes five primary campuses across Ashington, Newbiggin and Lynemouth; a secondary campus in Ashington and The Centre for young people with severe and profound learning difficulties.

Executive director Andrew Day said: “The fact that leadership and management are described as good now means that Ofsted recognises that the Academy has the capacity to ensure continuous improvement. However, despite the great improvements made, the inspection team judged that the Academy still requires improvement, while recognising that several areas are now described as good.

“The Academy is proud all our Sixth Formers have left to go into higher or further education, apprenticeships or have found employment.”

The school has a number of initiatives taking place across its early years provision, which also includes 120 places for eligible two-year-olds. Its provision was praised by Ofsted.

Mr Day added: “We are very proud of the work done in our provision for two-year olds, which Ofsted describes as ‘bearing fruit’. We will continue to work hard to improve the early years provision and believe that the good level of development can close on the national averages within the year.”