13th November 2017
Ofsted inspection, 13-14 September 2017
Some time has passed since Ofsted’s visit, soon after the new academic year got underway, and I want to thank you for the valuable feedback that so many of you provided to inspectors. Your sons and daughters were a credit to you over the two days; you should be so proud of them.
At the start of the inspection we provided HMI Mike Tull and his team with a 32 page self-evaluation, rating Trinity Academy against all Ofsted criteria and describing both the school-improvement work done to date and that which is in progress. After speaking with students, staff and governors, visiting lessons, assemblies and tutor groups, inspectors agreed with this self-evaluation, affirming our judgement that Trinity Academy as a whole continues to Require Improvement, whilst the sixth form is securely Good. Like us, inspectors found greatest difficulty in assessing the quality of leadership, because a case could be made for Good. In the end – and rightly in our view – they decided to maintain a Requires Improvement grading. Our leadership has only recently stabilised, and the impact of the school improvement measures put in place twelve months ago are best described as ‘green shoots’.
Areas judged to remain strong and effective include:
It was good to see inspectors acknowledge improvements over the last twelve months in:
We are not complacent! Just six years ago Trinity Academy was judged outstanding, and we’re determined to be there again. This is a realistic goal; Trinity benefits from wonderful students, a committed and loyal staff team, and first-rate facilities. Although the direction of travel is the right one, the distance travelled is not enough, and we are committed to addressing this.
Thankfully, points for improvement identified by inspectors line up with the priorities in our 2017-18 development plan, and we have already begun serious work on these matters. We are determined to:
It goes without saying that we can’t do this without you. In fact, it would be wrong for us to try. These students are your sons and daughters, and we educate them together. I know you will stand shoulder to shoulder with us as we accelerate the rate of progress over the next eleven months.
Please do read the Ofsted report in full, which you can find on the Ofsted website:-https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/or our own website http://www.trinity-academy.org.uk/ofsted/inspection-report/. If you have questions or a constructive contribution to make to our school-improvement work please don’t hesitate to be in touch with either of us.
With gratitude for your partnership in this work