City of Peterborough Academy rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted inspectors

Children at the City of Peterborough Academy
Children at the City of Peterborough Academy
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The City of Peterborough Academy has been rated as ‘outstanding’ by government inspectors across all areas.

The free school, which opened in September 2013, was visited by Ofsted inspectors for the first time and received the highest rating for leadership and management, behaviour and safety of pupils, quality of teaching and achievement of pupils.

The academy, which is sponsored by the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust (GDFT), was visited by inspectors on April 21-22.

In their report, which will appear on the Ofsted website on June 2, inspectors wrote: “Students, regardless of their abilities and often from very low starting points, are making rapid and sustained progress. This is enabling them to work towards the standards expected for their age very quickly.”

There was also praise for pupils’ behaviour and the standard of teaching.

Students with disabilities or special education needs are also said to be achieving excellent results.

Currently, the only pupils are in years 7 and 8 and the first external exams at the academy will not take place until September 2018.

The academy opened in the Reeves Way premises that were occupied by the former Hereward Community College. It is co-located with the City of Peterborough Academy Special School.

Dale Hardy, principal, said: “I want to thank the pupils and staff who continue to work tremendously hard and the families who support us to make the City of Peterborough Academy the outstanding academy it is today.

“I am delighted that the report recognises how hard we have worked in the short time since the academy opened. This is also excellent news for the local community who deserve to have an outstanding school on their doorstep.”

Sir Barry Day, chief executive of the GDFT, said: “My congratulations go to Mr Hardy and his staff at the City of Peterborough Academy who are dedicated and of the highest calibre.

“They thoroughly deserve this outcome and the report is a pleasure to read.

“I am particularly pleased to read that pupils understand the importance of education and cherish academic success.”