A school community is celebrating its very best results ever after a recent Ofsted inspection.
Thrilled pupils and staff at Orchard Academy proved their school can be the apple of an inspector’s eye with a ‘good’ rating.
This is an accolade the Springfield school can be proud of. Just two years ago it was placed on the rotten ‘200’ list of the worst performing schools in the country.
Thanks to support from the EMLC Academy Trust, which specialises in rapid and effective school improvement and the leadership of executive principal Sarah Bennett and assistant principals Matthew Shotton and Jonathan Cursley, the school has turned itself around.
George Gyte,chairman of EMLC, said: “From very early on we knew there was something quite special about our children. They came on board very quickly and have very much supported the staff over this two-year journey. We are particularly impressed with year 6’s SATS results this year, amazing!”
Sarah Bennett said: “I have huge admiration for staff, parents and children at Orchard. From day one the children believed in the three of us and became part of our ‘team for change’. They wanted what we wanted and they believed in our vision and trusted us when we said it was going to be great.”
New principal, Matthew Shotton, said: “I am so excited about the future. This is the best platform for us to springboard into outstanding.”