Letter to parents - January 2017

School Inspections - A guide for parents

Ofsted Monitoring Visit June 2016

Please find the letter regarding our 2016 visit from Ofsted here.

Ofsted Inspection Report : December 2015

Ofsted Inspection - December 2015

The full text of our most event visit from Ofsted can be found at the link above.

The key points made in this document are summarised below:

  • This academy has been transformed since the last inspection.
  • There is an energy and enthusiasm to make sure that learning is fun.
  • Pupils are proud of their House and their academy.
  • Pupils wear their uniform with pride.  Importantly, they are proud of their House tie and what this represents.
  • Leaders have created an awe-inspiring learning environment within which pupils flourish.
  • Pupils said that they feel safe within the academy.
  • High-quality professional development is in place and the system of monitoring teaching quality is extensive.
  • Increasingly, the right people are in place to make sure that the further improvement required happens quickly.
  • Leaders evaluate the impact of catch-up funding and all pupils entitled to this additional support have made accelerated progress.
  • Since the last inspection, leaders have been highly successful in making sure that the expectations of what can be achieved by all pupils is high.
  • Pupils are prepared well for life in modern Britain.
  • The learning environment is exceptional and promotes the well-being and pride of all pupils and staff.
  • Pupils receive effective guidance when they make their GCSE choices and support is offered to broaden their knowledge and experience of future employment, education and training. 
  • There is a strong culture of professional development in the academy.
  • Subject and house leaders are committed to ensuring that the academy continues to improve at a fast pace.
  • Effective strategies are used to help challenge pupils, including asking high-quality questions that make the pupils really think.
  • Pupils take pride in their work; this can be seen in their books and the care taken with presentation.
  • Pupils said they value the positive relationships teachers develop in the classroom and around the academy.
  • Pupils said that the house system is particularly effective in providing a sense of belonging and providing the opportunities for leadership and responsibility.
  • Anti-bullying ambassadors work effectively with leaders to prevent bullying.
  • Rewards are used well to encourage good behaviour and attitude.
  • Pupils have a strong sense of democracy and fairness and are totally committed to the “KBA” ethos.
  • Pupils are punctual to lessons, settle quickly and are soon prepared for action.
  • Leaders within the sixth form set high expectation for learners.
  • More learners are applying and accepting places at universities, including Russell Group universities.
  • Disadvantaged learners achieve well and progress to university, higher education or training. 

Parent View

Share your views through Parent View

Parents and carers can give their views of our school at any time of the school year and at the time of a school inspection using an online questionnaire called Parent View.

When our school is notified of its next Ofsted inspection, parents will be invited to give their views about the school to inspectors using the Parent View online facility as this has replaced Ofsted’s paper questionnaire. Please make sure we have your most up-to-date contact details.

Please register with an email address and a password at https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk. Once your login has been activated, it only takes a few minutes to complete answers to 12 short questions about aspects such as bullying, the quality of teaching, level of homework, etc.

Your views are important in helping inspectors make a decision about our school, and to help us know what is going well and what could be improved.

If you do not have a computer or an email address or if you would like help to use Parent View, please come into school and ask at reception.

DfE School Performance Tables

Please click here to view the latest DfE School Performance information for Kettering Buccleuch Academy

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