Vast improvement has been made at a school in Walsall with the head describing progress as “phenomenal”.

Bloxwich Academy, which educates primary and secondary school-aged pupils, has jumped out of special measures after significant progress.

In 2015, the school was deemed inadequate with Ofsted citing concerns regarding “wide-ranging weaknesses in the quality of education students receive”.

Teachers, too, had previously low expectations and set work that did not challenge pupils.

However, two years on, following a two-day inspection in December 2017, lead Ofsted inspector Rob Hackfath praised leaders with “clear expectations” and well-behaved pupils.

Headteacher Andy Seager
Headteacher Andy Seager

The report, published this week (January 8), said: “Leadership in the secondary phase is well established and has considerably improved outcomes, teaching, personal development and behaviour.

“Primary leadership has now been established and has clear expectations that the quality of provision will improve.”

Mr Hackfath added: “Leaders know their school well, including its strengths and weaknesses. Weaknesses have been tackled successfully and vigorously.”

Bloxwich Academy, despite recent successes, is now rated as ‘requires improvement’ as opposed to ‘inadequate’.

Inspectors, meanwhile, have pinpointed areas of weakness for the school to improve on including challenging the most-able pupils, address inconsistencies and track progress of disadvantaged pupils.

Responding to this week’s report, Bloxwich Academy headteacher Andy Seager said: “We are delighted to see the removal of special measures here at Bloxwich Academy and the positive comments in the Ofsted report regarding good behaviour and positive staff and pupil relationships.

“It has been a phenomenal journey so far to go from being one of the lowest performing schools in the country to the most improved school in the country based on pupils’ progress in 2017.

“The hard work of pupils, staff and parents has really paid off and we are determined to keep the momentum going to ensure educational outcomes and provision for our pupils is outstanding.”

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