NottinghamshireLive have today published an article on Bluecoat Wollaton’s recent success in our SIAMS Inspection. The piece is shared below.
Academy rated ‘excellent’ in all areas with effect on pupils ‘transformational’, says report
It was inspected in December last year
An academy in Wollaton is found to be ‘excellent’ in every area inspected, with the effect of the school on pupils described as ‘transformational’ according to an inspection report.
Bluecoat Wollaton Academy was inspected by the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) on December 1 and December 2 last year, with a report of its findings published recently.
And its overall grade, the impact of collective worship, and effectiveness of religious education were all found to be ‘excellent’.
There are some areas for development though, including for the school to share more widely its approach, and to support other schools to help them flourish.
Bluecoat Wollaton Academy is an 11-16-year-old mixed Church of England secondary school.
The proportion of pupils considered to be disadvantaged, and the proportion of pupils with special educational needs or disabilities, are both above national average, according to the report.
Pupils at the school have spoken highly of their education and experience there so far.
Charlotte Race, a Year 11 student, said: “It’s a great school, the respect between staff and students and between years groups is amazing.
“I moved to this school in Year 9 and the change I noticed was incredible to me.
“That respect we have for each other helps me to do my best and also support my fellow students to do their best too.
“The Christian ethos is incorporated into everything in the school, from the way that the teachers and students speak to each other to the way we all treat each other with respect.”
Josh Schofield, currently in Year 10, said: “I feel safe at school and know that my opinion matters and that I am getting a good education at a good school.
“I have always felt that if you were feeling burnt-out, that you could tell someone and get support with that.
“I am very happy about the result of the inspection.”
The report says leadership at the academy is ‘inspirational’ which ‘helps pupils to flourish’.
Stuart Anderson, principal at the school since 2015, said: “We are delighted that the report recognises the commitment of staff to support all children, regardless of background or starting point, and the phenomenal work students do in the leadership roles here.
“We are also thrilled that it captures the strong relationships where all the children are known as individuals and loved.”