Bourne Academy celebrates glowing Ofsted report after inspection

Bourne Academy celebrates glowing Ofsted report after inspection

Mr Matt Sammy, Head of School at Bourne Academy and Mrs Lucy Conley, Executive Headteacher at South Lincolnshire Academies Trust

A glowing Ofsted report for Bourne Academy, which is part of South Lincolnshire Academies Trust has praised the school for their exceptional pastoral care, that leaders prioritise students’ personal development and leaders lead with a strong moral purpose and vision, plus there is an ambitious and well-planned curriculum and a strong respect for diversity.
Bourne Academy are delighted that Ofsted has recognised that they remain a Good school and in particular they are pleased with how positive Ofsted were about all areas within the school.

Ofsted conducted a two-day inspection of Bourne Academy on 4th and 5th May 2022, where inspectors focused on the quality of education, which included the curriculum, behaviour and attitudes, personal development and other key areas within the inspection framework. The last Ofsted inspection for the school was conducted in 2017.

The popular, oversubscribed non-selective mixed secondary school for 11-18 years, is consistently in the top 5 of all schools in Lincolnshire (DfE performance tables), and currently outperforms the majority of Lincolnshire Grammar school at the end of Key Stage 4 and in the Sixth Form. In 2021, the Sixth Form students achieved a 100% pass rate in A-levels and BTEC subjects with 99% of students going to their first-choice university, with the inspection team identifying that school leaders are ambitious for Sixth Form students.

As part of the Ofsted inspection, all students, parents and staff completed an independent survey. This highlighted that students say they are proud of their school and are very well cared for; parents recognise that students are well behaved and staff are proud to work at the school.

Ofsted noted that students appreciate the wide range of extra-curricular opportunities on offer and are keen to participate in the sporting, music and drama activities.

In this inspection, there was a ‘deep dive’ into a number of curriculum areas, including English, where the report recognised the strong culture of reading at Bourne Academy, which ensures students build on the reading skills as well as supporting students who have fallen behind. They were particularly impressed with the ‘Reading Ambassador’ initiative where Sixth Form students help younger pupils with their reading.

Mrs Lucy Conley, Executive Headteacher at South Lincolnshire Academies Trust said “It has been four years since the last Ofsted inspection and as a school, we have been looking forward to the inspection for Bourne Academy to be recognised for the progress it has made as part of the Multi Academy Trust. I am particularly pleased that the report reflects how we have worked to build students’ confidence and resilience and I have been overwhelmed by the positive comments made by our students … after all, it is their school. For students to say how proud they are of the school, that they can talk easily to staff, feel listened to and able to focus on their learning shows how we are doing the best for our students”.

Mr Matt Sammy, Head of School at Bourne Academy said “The announcement that Bourne Academy remains a Good school is a testament to the fantastic commitment and dedication from our students and staff. As a school we encourage students of all abilities to have high aspirations by challenging them to achieve their potential in all areas of school life. I would like to thank all of the students, parents and staff who contributed to the Ofsted inspection as this allowed the inspectors to see a true reflection of our marvellous school and what life is like as a Bourne Academy student.”

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