Message from Mr Choudhury – Ofsted: Good

Thursday 14th April 2016

Dear parents/carers,

It is with great pleasure and delight that I write to share the fantastic news that our school, Rockwood Academy, has been graded a ‘good’ school. This is based on the findings of the full Section 5 inspection carried out by a team of HMI and Ofsted inspectors on 16th and 17th March 2016. All four key areas of inspection have been judged as ‘good’:

Effectiveness of leadership and management — Good
Quality of teaching, learning and assessment — Good
Personal development, behaviour and welfare — Good
Outcomes for pupils — Good

This is a tremendous achievement considering Her Majesty’s Inspectors during the previous full inspection in March 2014 and the consequent monitoring inspections raised some serious concerns about specific aspects of the Academy’s performance and leadership.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you as parents and carers for your continued support since my appointment in September 2015, and your unwavering belief in my drive to improve standards for the young people of Alum Rock. I am also grateful to my staff (both teaching and associate) for embracing my vision and through their hard work and determination, transforming this vision into reality. However, most importantly of all, I am so proud of my students, my children, who through this very challenging and turbulent period of time have remained focused, resilient and positive.

A full copy of the inspection report will be made accessible to all stakeholders through the Academy website; however, I would like to share with you one quote from the report which encapsulates the findings, which is that the inspectors saw that there have been ‘rapid and considerable improvements to the quality of education.’ The headline of the report is below:

Overall effectiveness at previous inspection Inadequate
Overall effectiveness March 2016 Good

The future of the Academy and for our children is extremely bright, and as we continue to work collaboratively together, we will ensure that all of our children leave Rockwood a success.
Yours faithfully,

Mr F Choudhury
Principal – Rockwood Academy

Download the Ofsted report HERE.