There’s been a significant turnaround at Glenleigh Park Academy which has received an official ‘good’ judgement from Ofsted inspectors.
The school had been struggling as Sidley primary school before its reincarnation as Glenleigh Park Primary Academy, sponsored by Aurora Academies Trust.
Less than two years later it’s a different picture with new head Paul Reilly praised for providing “inspirational leadership for this rapidly improving school.”
The Ofsted inspectors found that pupils’ achievement is “good”, that “reading, writing and mathematics skills have improved dramatically over the past year” and that “pupils are polite, well-behaved and extremely proud.”
“Pupils enjoy school and attendance has improved substantially since the academy opened” they said. Teaching is described as “typically good” and “in some year groups, pupils make very rapid progress because teaching is often outstanding”.
Ofsted found that “parents’ and carers’ confidence makes Glenleigh a rapidly growing school.”
The academy’s growing reputation is reflected in the fact that it will be oversubscribed in September.
Ofsted also praised the governors who “know the academy well” and play “an effective role.” Aurora Academies Trust was also said to be providing “strong support” and praised for its training which is “highly effective”.
Mr Reilly said: “We are absolutely delighted with this report which reflects the ‘can-do’ attitude that now pervades Glenleigh Park. I would like to place on record my thanks to my staff, who all work tirelessly to enable children to meet, and exceed, their potential. This successful report pays tribute to a real team effort and an effective partnership between teachers, children and their parents.”
He added: “However, this is far from the end of our journey – we are now relentlessly focusing upon making Glenleigh Park an outstanding and truly exceptional school!”
Chair of the Local Academy Governing Body, Mrs Lesley Moore said she was convinced the academy will go “from strength-to-strength”.