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Ofsted: Musical Cleethorpes Academy Hits All The Right Notes With Consecutive 'Good' Report


Cleethorpes Academy students celebrate their 'Good' Ofsted report with Janice Hornby, Principal (centre, left), and David Hampson, Chief Executive of Tollbar Multi Academy Trust (centre, right).


Ofsted Inspectors have rated Cleethorpes Academy 'Good' across the board for the second time since it became a member of Tollbar Multi Academy Trust. The judgement follows a full two-day inspection, in which particular praise was given to the Academy's "high-quality Music curriculum."

The Academy was judged to be 'Good' in all areas including: The Quality of Education; Behaviour And Attitudes; Personal Development; and Leadership and Management.

Janice Hornby, Principal of Cleethorpes Academy, said: "I am delighted that the high standards achieved at the Academy have been recognised by Ofsted. The report is an endorsement of the hard work and commitment of the staff, students and parents at the Academy and the dedicated support of the Trust."

Inspectors highlighted comments they received from pupils and parents who told them: "Staff care a lot and the Music is amazing." One parent said: "My son has become a different child, I would definitely recommend the school to others."

Pupils told inspectors they felt safe at the Academy, especially from bullying and, in lessons, teachers expect them to work hard and do their best. They receive strong guidance regarding their options before they leave school, and pupils also learn respect for people from other cultures and religions. The report says: "Parents appreciate the care and support that staff give to pupils."

Teachers also praised the Academy Leadership Team, who they say "do all they can to keep workloads manageable."

The report praises leadership under the guidance of the Trust. It says: "Leaders have improved the curriculum to make sure that pupils study a broad range of subjects. In Key Stage 4, most pupils now study either Geography or History. Most pupils now take a creative subject.

"The curriculum in Music is of very high quality. A quarter of pupils learn to play musical instruments. Many pupils including those with special education needs and/or disabilities (SEND) sing in the choir or play in music groups. In lessons, pupils deepen their knowledge and have time to practise their musical skills."

The report goes on to say: "In Science, the well-designed curriculum allows current pupils to achieve well. Pupils deepen their knowledge in Science each year.

"The curriculum in Languages is ambitious and broad. Most pupils in Key Stage 3 study both French and Spanish. Leaders have effective plans in place to ensure that more pupils study languages in Key Stage 4."

Pupils are described as behaving very well in lessons and the report says teachers and pupils have developed strong working relationships, particularly in lessons they enjoy.

"Teachers often assess pupils effectively. In some subjects, such as Science, teachers expertly use assessment information to find out where pupils are struggling. This leads to pupils of all abilities, including those with SEND, achieving well."

The report says many pupils, including those with SEND, take part in the many extra-curricular activities on offer at Cleethorpes Academy. It says "pupils receive expert advice on careers and further education."

Inspectors conclude that there is a strong culture of safeguarding in the school, with all staff, including lunchtime supervisors, knowing what they must do if they have any concerns about pupils.

The report says the Academy still has room for improvement and points out that the Maths curriculum should be reviewed to ensure that pupils cover important skills, knowledge and understanding in greater depth before they begin preparation for their exams. It says this will allow pupils to know more and remember more so they develop a readiness to learn more complex ideas and concepts.

The report says attendance also remains stubbornly below average and advises: "While non-attendance is tackled when it happens, more could be done to promote positive messages to pupils about the importance of attending school."

David Hampson, Chief Executive of Tollbar Multi Academy Trust, said: "My congratulations to the staff and students of Cleethorpes Academy. It is very gratifying that Cleethorpes is retaining the high standard it has achieved since being the first establishment we incorporated into the Trust".

Philip Bond, Chair of TMAT, said: "The Trust realises that a lot of hard work has gone in to achieving the 'Good' rating by Ofsted. Although Cleethorpes was previously given a similar rating, the new Ofsted framework means it is harder to achieve that rating. Under the leadership of Janice Hornby, the Academy has a bright future and I would like to publicly congratulate all the staff for their efforts in enabling Cleethorpes Academy to declare itself a 'Good' school for children to attend.

"There is personal pride in recognising the works of the Governors and the Trust Directors, all volunteers, who commit to ensuring the Academy's strategic direction is not just to be good, but to strive to be outstanding."


The Academy was praised by Ofsted for its "high-quality Music curriculum." Pictured are members of the extensive Cleethorpes Academy choir performing to parents and friends.


The impressive Fitness Suite at Cleethorpes Academy (pictured above and below) encourages all students to take part in a wide range of P.E. activities to help keep them fit and healthy.