Burnt Mill Academy graded Good by OfstedPosted: 12th June 2023
Burnt Mill Academy has been graded Good by Ofsted following the first full inspection of the school in over a decade.
Under new inspection framework, Burnt Mill matches a national trend where 60% of schools previously graded Outstanding have been downgraded (Source BBC News).
All areas of the school; The quality of education, Behaviour and attitudes, Personal development, and Leadership and management are rated good, contributing to the Overall effectiveness grade.
Inspectors have praised the school leadership for their development of the school curriculum noting the high-quality training provided to teachers to ensure subject specialists teach it effectively.
Pupils were observed in and out of class, with inspectors noting the keenness to contribute to lessons and wide range of extra-curricular activities almost all pupils participate in.
Safeguarding arrangements have been highlighted as effective with well trained staff and clear reporting and monitoring processes in place.
Headteacher, Laura McGlashan has praised the staff at the school for their hard work and commitment to the students and thanked the pupils and their families for their continued support stating
“I feel that this report is a fair reflection of where the school is at with many positives highlighted. There are areas both Ofsted and I agreed we need to improve on, and we have already implemented new processes for communicating with parents and carers.
I am immensely proud to be the Headteacher of Burnt Mill and know that staff and pupils work closely to make the school a place where pupils feel safe, happy and learn a lot. I will be relentless in working on making the school even better.
Thank you to all the staff, pupils and families for your continued work and support in delivering a high-quality education for our students.
The school rebuilding project is well underway, and I am really looking forward to seeing our pupils enjoy the state-of-the-art facilities when they are ready in the next couple of years. “
BMAT CEO, Helena Mills CBE has thanked the staff, students, and families commenting
“a lot has changed both locally and nationally in education and the way schools are inspected. The Good grading is a testament to the hard work of not just the staff but the students and parents who all contribute to life at Burnt Mill now.
With the school rebuilding project underway, we’re looking forward to providing a BMAT education in state-of-the-art facilities for many more Harlow families for years to come.”