Grace Academy Coventry & Ofsted
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 continue to improve our academic results to adequately reflect the effort and commitment of staff and students, and we have already had success in tackling the areas in need of improvement.
We have gained substantial support from the Grace Academy Trust, which has been proactively engaging national leaders in education, and outstanding headteachers from other schools, to offer us support. We have also worked with a range of other high quality schools to help drive up standards.
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.
During the most recent monitoring visit 35 lessons were observed across a range of subjects, students’ and their work was scrutinised, the behaviour of the students was observed, extensive meetings with the Principal, academy leaders, the academy improvement board and a representative of the sponsor together with attainment, attendance and punctuality data.
Among the specific achievements this year it was noted by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate that:
- The academy is able to and has appointed high quality newly qualified teachers
- Academy leaders have put in place a range of effective checks to ensure that teachers’ assessments of how well students are doing are more accurate
- A greater proportion of students than in 2014 gained five or more GSCE passes at grades A*-C including English and mathematics
- The proportion of students making the progress expected of them is in line with national figures in mathematics and above in English
- Students ‘progress and attainment continue to improve across all subjects in year 10 and in Key Stage 3
- Students’ progress is improving because the quality of teaching continues to improve and a large majority of teaching over time is now good or better
- The large majority of students are polite, friendly and welcoming
- The curriculum in the sixth form is now better suited to the abilities of the students with increasing numbers choosing to join and achieving success in line with their capabilities
- All the students leaving the sixth form at the end of their studies have places in further or higher education, training or employ
- The academy improvement board continues to provide appropriate and effective challenge
- The academy draws effectively on a range of support from external sources
- The sponsor through the Chief Executive Officer provides suitable support for teachers and leaders