Children and Staff Celebrate as Ofsted Rates All Faiths Children’s Academy as Good
Inspectors praise Outstanding personal development at All Faiths Children’s Academy
All Faiths Children’s Academy in Strood, Rochester has been rated Outstanding for Personal Development and Good overall by Ofsted in a glowing inspection report.
Ofsted praised the academy, sponsored by the high-performing Thinking Schools Academy Trust, for its efforts to enhance pupils’ personal development, though an “ambitious”, “rich and diverse curriculum”. The inspectors highlighted the wide range of opportunities provided for pupils to learn about the world around them and how to become responsible citizens.
In its report, Ofsted noted that the “culture of high expectations” set by the headteacher and leadership team, as part of the academy and Trust’s wider commitment to “transforming life chances for all pupils”, is helping pupils to succeed.
The academy was also described as a “highly inclusive” and “happy, safe place to be”, with Ofsted also praising the academy’s “particularly strong” provision for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities.
The inspectors also noted that children “do well” during their time in the academy’s Early Years provision, benefiting from a well-planned curriculum and nurturing environment where they “explore new things confidently and curiously”.
The inspectors also highlighted teachers’ “strong subject knowledge”, noting that senior leaders and the Trust have provided them with appropriate training and support.
The report underlines how the Trust’s ethos of ‘Thinking about Thinking’ benefits pupils, with teachers encouraging them to use their “thinking skills to think deeply about the knowledge they acquire, for example by ‘thinking globally’ and ‘thinking healthily’”. In 2018, All Faiths Children’s Academy was accredited by the University of Exeter as a “Thinking School”, recognising the success of this approach.
The full report can be found here.
Cormac Murphy, Headteacher, All Faiths Children’s Academy said:
“We are delighted with the outcome of the recent Ofsted inspection. We are particularly proud to see the inspectors recognising the strength of Personal Development, rating the academy Outstanding in this area. Ofsted also acknowledges how the high expectations we set all our pupils are helping to develop them into confident thinkers and learners, able to thrive in the next steps of their education.
“This would not have been possible without the hard work of all our dedicated staff, pupils and their supportive families. I would like to thank everyone involved and across the whole of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust for their continued support.”
Stuart Gardner, Chief Executive of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust, said:
“This is a fantastic result for All Faiths and a real testament to the hard work and dedication of all involved to ensuring that the academy is place where all children thrive and succeed. It’s great to see these efforts paying off and delivering such strong results.
“I would like to thank Cormac and his fantastic team, the pupils for their talent and hard work, and parents and carers for their ongoing support.”