Gainsborough: Hillcrest Academy are judged as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted inspectors

NEWS: The Gainsborough Standard
NEWS: The Gainsborough Standard

Hillcrest Early Years Academy are celebrating an outstanding Ofsted report.

The academy in Heapham Road, Gainsborough, were rated outstanding in all areas including Teaching and Learning, Leadership and Management of the school, Behaviour and Safety and Achievement of Pupils.

This is a great achievement for the academy and the principal as she has suffers from Fibromyalgia and enlarged brain ventricles which makes mobility difficult for her.

Academy principal, Julie McDonald, said: “The governors have been very supportive of my disability and we are looking at changing the holidays to accommodate.”

“When I’m not at work and I haven’t got anything to focus my brain on my symptoms can get worse and I feel worse.”

“And shorter holidays means the years get more of a rhythm for the children and their learning.

“Especially because they are so little.”

“Our pupils during the inspection were amazing.”

“They were well behaved, thoughtful and worked very hard.”

“The pupils who were selected by the inspection team to read to them or meet with them charmed our visitors by their hard work and opinions of the life of the Academy.”

“Lessons observed were in every age group and some of these observations were joint ones when the Principal and Vice Principal observed alongside the inspectors.”

“Pupils were praised for their outstanding behaviour and their exceptional attitudes to learning.”

“The inspectors noted that the academy’s standards were significantly above the national average and that pupils make rapid progress.”

“They said that our pupils have an excellent start in our Nursery and Reception and this leads to our Year 1 and Year 2 achieving exceptionally well.”

“Our lively, broad and fun curriculum is praised.”

The inspectors said that the academy was exceptionally well led by the Principal and that she is ably assisted by the other senior leaders and they said the academy’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is outstanding.