Doncaster academy is out of special measures

Thorne Trinity ~Academy out of speciaL measures
Thorne Trinity ~Academy out of speciaL measures

An academy has been lifted from special measures but is still seen to require improvement.

Trinity Academy, in Thorne, was placed in special measures in December 2013 but has been “relentless in its pursuit of better teaching and outcomes for all groups of students”, according to the education watchdogs.

Ofsted inspectors said: “The academy has come a long way since the previous inspection. This is due to the unflinching drive and determination shown by the Principal, strongly supported by members of his senior team. They have gained the support of the vast majority of staff in their resolve to improve the quality of teaching and to ensure that all students make the progress of which they are capable.”

The level of improvement won a ‘good’ judgment for its 16-19 provision with students making better progress than the national norm in both academic and vocational subjects. But students’ progress in the rest of the school was found to be ‘uneven, particularly by boys and disadvantaged students.’

Less progress is made in maths than in English, which needs addressing, and teaching is not always strong enough, with too much still requiring improvement, said the report.

But inspectors noted that: ‘no student leaves without a secure pathway for the future. An increasing number of students take up study places at university, many at top universities in the country.’

Inspectors also logged examples of well-planned lessons and remarked on the collaboration of students as a positive. The work of governors and the support of executive principals within the Emmanuel Schools Foundation won praise.

Principal David Page said: “We are delighted the tenacity and sheer hard work of the staff team has been recognised. It has taken a determined effort and the progress we have made reflects our commitment to providing the very best education we can for students.”

He continued: “There are still challenges to overcome but we have a clear understanding of what they are and plans to address them.”