celebrations are being enjoyed by staff and pupils at Trent Valley Academy in Gainsborough after Ofsted found significant progress being made at the school.
During a visit at the end of May inspectors observed 35 lessons involving 35 teachers. The latest Ofsted report found that the school was satisfactory overall, but with a good capacity for improvement.
The report read that the school can improve attainment by ensuring that students make good progress in all subjects, that teachers take opportunities to develop students’ literacy and numeracy skills.
The main findings of the report stated that overall teaching was improving.
“The academy provides a satisfactory education for its students,” it said in the report.
“It has made significant improvements in many areas since it replaced its two predecessor schools in 2008 and now has several good features. Achievement is improving rapidly because of effective changes to the curriculum, especially for older students.”
TVA executive principle Tom Megahy said that he was delighted with the outcome.
“I am very pleased to see that the huge commitment on behalf of the staff and students to establishing a successful school has been acknowledged,” he said.
“It’s fantastic to have the recognition that such a great deal has already been achieved in such a short time.”
Chair of governors Ben Green was equally as positive.
“It is really good to see the efforts involved with TVA being recognised in this report,” said Ben.
“Staff and students are fully deserving of the comments and should be very proud of the contribution they have made.”
He continued: “The positive support given by parents also needs to be acknowledged as we move forward and their involvement will continue to be important.”
“We now have an excellent springboard to move on to even greater achievement.”
Director of business and resources at TVA, John Cawdell said that ambitious plans were afoot for more development and introducing further education to the Corringham Road site.
He also said the school would be adopting the English Baccalaureate, which is designed to recognise where individual pupils have secured a relevant combination of GCSEs with a C grade or better across a core of academic subjects – English, mathematics, history or geography, the sciences and a language.
“I am so delighted that we are continuing to show signs of improvement,” said John.
“We shall continue this development by introducing the English Baccalaureate in September and we are looking at introducing the Modern Baccalaureate which will have a great appeal to more students.”
“We will also be teaching post-16 education on site with Lincoln and Gainsborough College. These courses will include performing arts, sports, and health and social care.”
He added: “We are fully aware that TVA are really making a difference in raising educational standards in Gainsborough, and shall endeavour to improve even further.”