Armthorpe Academy making “reasonable progress”

Armthorpe Academy
Armthorpe Academy

A Doncaster academy which was put into special measures last year is making reasonable progress, according to government inspectors.

Armthorpe Academy in Mere Lane was visited by Ofsted earlier this year, the fourth monitoring inspection since February 2013.

A report from Inspector Jan Bennett said: “The academy is making reasonable progress towards the renoval of special measures.

“Year 11 examination results are expected to be much better this summer. The standard of work produced indicates that a much higher proportion of Year 11 students have made the progress expected since joining the academy.”

She added: “The quality and pace of learning have improved since the last monitoring inspection as a result of better behaviour and improvements in teaching. Behaviour is much improved. Attendance is much higher than at the same time last year and the number of persistent absentees is markedly reduced.

“Leadership at all levels is becoming stronger.”

Headteacher Mr Andy Cope said: “We are pleased that improvements in teaching quality have been recognised, and that behaviour was also judged to be much improved.

“It is also encouraging that Ofsted have recognised that leadership is becoming stronger, and that inspectors have seen the impact of the support which we have received from our Yorkshire Education Trust partners, particularly Hall Cross Academy. The aim has always been to establish sustainable improvement; it’s not just about coming out of Special Measures. We feel very confident that this is happening, and very reassured that the collective efforts of students, staff, governors and parents have drawn such positive observations from Ofsted.”