Blyth school seeing "effective action" from leaders

Leaders at a school requiring improvement are taking “effective actions”, inspectors have found.

Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 8:00 am
The Blyth Academy. Picture from the Northern Education Trust.

Ofsted inspectors carried out a two day remote inspection of The Blyth Academy, operated by the Northern Education Trust, in February.

Inspectors found that “leaders and those responsible for governance are taking effective action to provide education in the current circumstances”.

The Academy, which first opened in 2013, was rated as “requiring improvement” during inspections in 2015, 2017 and latterly in 2019.

During the recent monitoring visit, inspectors noted that leaders have given careful consideration to the sequencing of the curriculum to ensure students can learn new content remotely.

They also felt that staff had a strong understanding of the individual circumstances of students, and were pleased to note that the most vulnerable students were still able to access pastoral and academic support both in school, and remotely at home.

Due to the robust welfare and safeguarding systems in place, support is quickly offered to those who most need it.

They also noted that interventions to help improve attendance and engagement had had a positive effect on previously reluctant attenders.

The literacy development of students continues to be a priority, and the various activities taking place to support this were recognised.

Inspectors also commented that “Trustees and members of the academy council have a thorough understanding of the school’s new curriculum and remote learning offer. Frequent contact between school leaders and council members ensures governors have an up-to-date understanding of the decisions leaders are taking".

Donna Park, Principal, said: “I am delighted that Ofsted have recognised the incredible amount of hard work by both students and staff in connection with our remote learning offer.

"Our students have benefited enormously by engaging in the normal school curriculum through the streaming of live lessons.

"Although students are now very happy to be back in school, attendance at the remote education sessions was exceptional, affirming the improvements to attendance demonstrated in the academy since the last inspection.

"We are very proud of our students for their continued commitment to their studies, and would like to thank our parents and carers for their ongoing support during this very difficult time.”