Ofsted success for Mercer’s Wood Academy

Mercer's Wood Academy, formerly North County Primary, has recently been judged Good in a recent OFSTED report.  Pictured is Executive Principal Mrs Sharron Close with pupils (w130318-1a)
Mercer's Wood Academy, formerly North County Primary, has recently been judged Good in a recent OFSTED report. Pictured is Executive Principal Mrs Sharron Close with pupils (w130318-1a)

An academy school in Gainsborough is celebrating after receiving an overall ‘good’ report from Ofsted and rising out of ‘Special Measures’.

The latest inpection of Mercer’s Wood Academy (formerly North County Primary School) has recognised the school as ‘good’ in all areas with some elements ‘outstanding’.

Executive Principal Mrs S Close was delighted with the result.

“The school has been on an incredible journey to success,” she said.

“It has been an amazing 14 months where the whole team has worked so hard to move the school forward from its ‘Special Measures’ Ofsted category in December 2011.”

She continued: “To go to ‘good’ in such a short space of time is most unusual and clearly reflects the massive changes that have taken place and all the hard work from the children.”

Mrs Close added: “Indeed, this is the first time in the history of this school that it has been judged to be ‘good’.”

Ofsted inspectors felt that all teaching is at least good at the academy and around half is outstanding.

The report stated that pupils are fully involved and engaged in lessons, learning through challenging and interesting activities.

It also showed that progress at the end of Key Stage 2, when children leave the school for their secondary schooling, in 2012 was amongst the top 10 per cent in the country, with progress in mathematics being the equal second highest nationally.

A school spokesman said: “The proportion of pupils attaining the nationally expected Level 4 or above in English and Mathematics went up from 20 per cent in 2011 to 76 per cent in 2012.”

“Children told inspectors that they feel safe in school now and appreciate the striking and attractive display work which adorns the school.”

Inspectors reported that the ‘drive and determination’ of senior leaders has enabled the academy to make a remarkable turn around in just over one year.

One Ofsted questionnaire said quite simply that the school has been ‘totally transformed’ whilst another said ‘the difference is just incredible’.

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