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We are 'Good' - Ofsted Report

Ofsted Result from our Inspection in February 2022

Forest Academy was inspected on Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th of February 2022. We are pleased to share that our report has now been published, and Forest Academy has been judged as a ‘Good’ school. This is a huge success for the school as our previous grade was ‘requires improvement’

This is a huge achievement for the school and the community and a clear recognition that the hard work of all members of the school community continues to impact positively on the lives of all Forest children. A copy of the school report is attached to this letter

Since the last inspection in June 2018, the school has under seen some changes to staffing and its leadership structure, yet it continues to go from strength to strength. The lead inspector commented on how:

“‘Pupils like their school. They are safe, happy and enjoy learning. Staff plan exciting activities to enhance the curriculum”

“Pupils behave well. They support each other when difficulties arise – in both the classroom and playground”

“Leaders have planned a curriculum that is meaningful to pupils. Pupils learn the core knowledge from the national curriculum through global themes such as power and governance. Staff have high aspirations for all pupils. They expect them to develop core character skills such as integrity and wonder. Pupils respond to these expectations and produce good-quality work”

“Pupils have many opportunities to lead in their school. The junior leadership team members hold ‘surgeries’ to listen to the views of their peers”

“Leaders have planned and put in place a curriculum that builds knowledge logically. They have recently enhanced it by adding links to the local area and what is happening globally”

“Leaders prioritise reading. Pupils start learning the sounds letters make from the beginning of the Reception Year. Phonics ‘masterclass’ sessions are held every morning before school”

As a restless, ambitious school, naturally we will be working tirelessly to ensure that the next steps from the report form part of our school priorities for the remainder of this academic year and beyond’

Whilst we are delighted with the outcome of the inspection we recognise that it is the ongoing feedback we receive from parents and children that we truly value, which enables us to ensure we provide the children of Forest Academy with the very best education.