Thomas Deacon Academy gets improved Ofsted rating

Principal of Thomas Deacon Academy Julie Taylor pictured at the academy on 2nd April 2014. EMN-140204-142525009
Principal of Thomas Deacon Academy Julie Taylor pictured at the academy on 2nd April 2014. EMN-140204-142525009

An academy has turned the corner thanks to strong leadership, according to government inspectors.

Thomas Deacon Academy has had its rating by Ofsted bumped up from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘good’ after its latest inspection in July.

Inspectors have given a lot of the credit to Principal Julie Taylor who they describe as “the driving force” behind the improvements.

They also praised the standard of teaching and pupil attainment.

However, Ofsted also called for improvements in the academy’s Sixth Form provision and for progress in the standard of pupils’ writing.

The academy in Queen’s Gardens opened in September 2007 at a cost of £46million.

Ms Taylor, writing on the academy’s website, said: “I feel so proud of absolutely everyone involved in the academy - students, staff, parents and our Board of Governors - for helping us to achieve our new Ofsted rating of ‘good’. My thanks go out to each and every one of them for this fabulous result.”

Peterborough City Council’s service director for education Jonathan Lewis, who is also a governor at the academy, said: “I’m really really pleased. There is some fantastic leadership and it’s going from strength-to-strength.”