Outstanding leadership has transformational impact on standards says Ofsted

Ofsted inspectors reported a ‘transformational impact on standards’ in just 18 months since North Cambridge Academy opened. The glowing report found the Academy to be ‘Good’ overall, with ‘Outstanding’ leadership and management.

The report states that the leadership team ‘has had a transformational impact on standards of behaviour, the quality of teaching, and the amount of progress students make over time’. On top of this, it found that a ‘culture of high ambition’ had been established ‘resulting in a rapid increasing proportion [of students] who achieve at least five A* to C grades including English and mathematics’.

North Cambridge Academy, which is partnered with the ‘Outstanding’ Swavesey Village College through the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT), is also judged to be ‘relentless and successful in pursuing high standards’.

In addition to the positive observations made by the inspectors, the report also highlights a comment made by a pupil who confirmed the culture at North Cambridge Academy means it is now ‘cool to want to learn’. The pupils were also praised by Ofsted, saying they are ‘polite, welcoming, wear their uniform with pride and conduct themselves well.’

Principal Martin Campbell was delighted by the comments made by Ofsted. He said: “North Cambridge Academy is a school that firmly believes that every individual pupil can and will succeed in all areas of their learning, personal development and future careers. Indeed, this has been recognised by Ofsted who commented throughout the two days inspection on leaders at all levels believing all pupils can achieve’.

“The students should be very proud of the way they conduct themselves in the Academy and the community, and their attitude to learning. The Inspectors made many references to the way students have embraced the many changes that have taken place. I would also like to thank the parents for their continued support to the high expectations we set ourselves and our pupils.

“We are delighted that the improvements we have made have been recognised by Ofsted, but we will continue in our relentless pursuit of excellence in all areas of the Academy.”

North Cambridge Academy officially opened in September 2013 replacing the The Manor School. When Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT) took over the school, The Manor was the eighth lowest performing school in the country in the 2012 GCSE league tables.

Cambridge MP Julian Huppert added: “This is excellent news. It is credit to the enormous amount of hard work from the leadership team and staff that the school has been transformed in a relatively short time.

“This school has faced many challenges not least from the diversity of different languages, cultures and religions represented by its pupils. But its excellent support for those children who have limited English gives every child the opportunity to make the most of his or her lessons and the results are becoming apparent.

“With the new building works underway, which will provide a better environment for teaching and learning, I am sure the North Cambridge Academy will go from strength to strength and I wish the staff and pupils every success for the future.”

The report follows a successful first year for the Academy where 60 per cent of students achieved five or more A* to C GCSE grades including English and mathematics at the end of Year 11.

The Academy is also undergoing a physical transformation with a state-of-the-art £10 million new building being constructed.