Grace Academy is about educating the whole person and there are many excellent examples, recognised by external visitors, that this is taking place, such as Values Days, business workshops, and community projects.
However, one of our top priorities this year is to ensure that our academic results adequately reflect the effort and commitment of staff and students, and we have already started to tackle areas in need of improvement.
Working closely with the Department for Education, we have gained substantial support from the Grace Academy Trust, which has been proactively engaging national leaders in education, and outstanding head teachers from other schools, to offer us support.
We are committed to ensuring that our students have the best possible opportunity to achieve at least 5 A* to C grades at GCSE, including English and Maths, and to gain the high academic standards required by the Government.
By now I hope that you have had the opportunity to read our last Ofsted report from the inspection carried out in May 2015.
It’s very pleasing for us that Ofsted have recognised the incredible amount of work and effort that is taking place in the academy in order to make it an outstanding place of learning for the Darlaston Community.
Although we recognise that we are still a school on a journey, we are confident that results will rapidly improve over the next couple of years. That fact, along with Ofsted’s recognition that Behaviour and safety of pupils is now ‘Good’ and Leadership and management is also ‘Good’, gives me great assurance that the Academy will be judged as ‘Good’ overall at our next inspection.
Our Ofsted Reports can be found by clicking here.