Ofsted report confirms MK Academy’s ‘fastest improving’ status

Milton Keynes Academy
Milton Keynes Academy

An academy where the students speak a multitude of first languages is celebrating after an Ofsted grading confirmed its status as the fastest improving school in Milton Keynes.

Milton Keynes Academy, in Fulwoods Drive, Leadenhall, has received notification that it has been rated “good” with outstanding characteristics in an inspection on April 24 and 25, confirming its amazing progress over recent years.

Dara Carroll, principal at MK Academy, said: “We are well on our way to being ‘outstanding’.

“Our last rating in March 2011 was ‘satisfactory’ and since then MK Academy has been rated as ninth most improved school in the country.”

MK Academy, which is sponsored by Edge Foundation and has a business and enterprise specialism, has seen the proportion is its students achieving GCSE grades A-star to C in five subjects including English and maths rocket from 20 per cent in 2011 to 38 per cent in 2012 and 53 per cent in 2013.

Dara, whose academy which has 1,270 students, said: “The achievements now and in the future are down to the way our teachers release the potential of the students.

“Our hugely diverse range of young people come from a rich cultural mix of backgrounds and our students speak over 50 different languages as their mother tongue.

“Students from MK Academy’s Woughton catchment area were keen to share with the Inspectors their progress since starting, and their results highlight just how successful they are.

“The Ofsted grading is proof that our strategies are working.

“It means we are making big differences to the lives of all the children in this part of Milton Keynes. We are improving their life chances so they have more possibilities in life.”

> Some of the comments in the Ofsted inspector’s letter to parents included:

“All groups of students achieve well and make good progress. Progress is particularly strong in English.” “Teaching is typically good. This is because teachers plan learning that captures students’ interest. They frequently make sure that students understand the work they are doing”.