King’s Lynn Academy ‘transformed’ from special measures

Following a full Ofsted inspection in October 2018, King’s Lynn Academy is now out of special measures. Following the school’s best ever exam results in Summer 2018, the Ofsted inspection team confirmed that further major improvements that have been made at the academy.

The Ofsted report states that: “The school has undergone a journey of sustained improvement, led by the Principal in partnership with the Chief Executive of the academy trust. Together they have transformed the school’s culture and ethos. Pupils say that school is a safe, stimulating and enjoyable place to be. They care for one another and are respectful towards staff. Pupils and staff appreciate the changes made. Parents and the local community also recognise the impact leaders have had. The school is oversubscribed this year.”

Overall the Academy is now classed as Requires Improvement with Good judgements for

  • Leadership and Management, and
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare

Leadership was also praised in the report by staff “doing their best to rescue pupils from a poor quality curriculum that they inherited in 2017. Courses where teaching was not good enough and where pupils were clearly underachieving were stopped. This was done to prevent further underachievement and to fill the gaps in older pupils’ knowledge and understanding in English and maths.”

The Academy’s leadership team has welcomed this affirmation of the achievements to date and the recognition of the positive impact in the journey the Academy has been on. The team at KLA agree that there is still work to do to fully embed these improvements, ensure more consistently good teaching and learning and continue to improve the outcomes for students.

KLA’s Principal, Alan Fletcher, said: “I am immensely proud of our students and staff and grateful to our parents and community for everyone’s hard work and support.  I firmly believe that we are now on course to provide them with the great school they deserve over the years ahead and that our next Ofsted judgement will be even better.”

He also paid tribute to the Eastern Multi-Academy Trust for the support they had provided since he became Principal.  This is recognised by Ofsted in the report: “The trust’s bold actions to provide the school with effective leadership have led to most of the areas for improvement, raised in the last inspection, being resolved. Trust leaders have also provided the school with interim, financial support as the school becomes more popular with parents and numbers of pupils rise.”

Dr Duncan Ramsey, CEO of the Eastern Multi-Academy Trust said: “The Academy is a totally different place from 18 months ago and it is a pleasure to see all the hard work and dedication of all coming to fruition. We are confident that the Academy will continue to go from strength to strength. King’s Lynn Academy is a special place and staff and students should be rightly proud of the rapid progress that has been made.”

View the full report at King’s Lynn Academy’s website.