HMI Monitoring Visit Report
Balby Carr was visited on 12th October 2015 by Mr Nick Whittaker, Her Majesty’s Inspector, to carry out our first monitoring visit since the full Ofsted inspection last May. A copy of the report is available below.
The report is very positive, acknowledges all the actions we are taking as we move to ‘good’ then ‘outstanding,’ and gives some clear directions about how we can accelerate the improvements. There is still a lot of work to do, staff and governors, with the support from WCAT colleagues are absolutely determined to drive these improvements through.
Parents and Carers are valued partners in our work and have a vital role to play in helping Balby Carr secure the improvements needed to give our community the good/outstanding school it deserves. Please continue to support the academy by ensuring students get the basics right to provide a solid foundation for learning.
Balby Carr Ofsted Report
The academy had an Ofsted inspection on the 13th – 14th May 2015. The full report was published on the Ofsted website on Monday 8th June 2015 and a copy of the report is available below.
I am delighted to confirm that the academy is no longer judged to be ‘inadequate’ and requiring ‘special measures’. We remain an academy that ‘requires improvement’ and so the relentless drive to achieve and sustain ‘outstanding’ status continues.
There are many positives in the report along with clear areas that the academy needs to continue working on to improve. The inspectors did highlight that some of the changes should have happened sooner after conversion to Academy status in November 2013. However, they also recognised that the rate of progress has improved significantly since September 2014 following the changes brought about by Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT).
The report does not highlight anything that we were not already aware of and taking action to address. Many of the areas requiring improvement are due to the new systems, processes and structures that have been introduced since September 2014. As with all significant change, it takes time to embed and achieve the consistency the report asks for.
The inspection could not have come at a better time as we plan for September 2015. We will be visited by one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI) within the next 12 weeks to discuss our plans in response to the report and offer support to the academy as we move to ‘good’ then ‘outstanding’.
The determination and belief of staff to ensure that our community gets the ‘outstanding’ academy it deserves has never been stronger.
The Ofsted Parent View website can be accessed here. Parent View gives you the chance to tell Ofsted what you think about Balby Carr Community Academy.