Ormiston Six Villages Academy rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted

Ormiston Six Villages Academy, which is part of Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), has received ‘Good’ across all categories in its latest Ofsted report. Inspectors praised leaders for working to ensure the academy “continues to go from strength to strength”.

The report found the academy to be “friendly and inclusive” and commended the “strong sense of community”. Notably, leaders and staff also set high expectations for learning, including for those students with special educational needs and/or disabilities, and there is a broad and balanced curriculum in place. Other key highlights include:

  • Leaders and governors are ambitious for both students and staff
  • The academy is a calm and orderly place, where students appreciate the support they get from staff, which helps them to learn well
  • Inspectors found that students learn to become responsible, respectful citizens, pointing to the relaxing ‘community garden’ they have set up for friends and local residents to enjoy
  • Students relish taking on leadership roles, such as being a member of the school council or as a ‘well-being ambassador’. They benefit from the wide range of interesting clubs on offer, with inspectors pointing to one comment from a student who said, “there is something for everyone here.”
  • Relationships between staff and pupils are based on mutual respect, meaning that students are kind and courteous
  • Leaders, supported by OAT, provide staff with effective training. As a result, the teaching of the curriculum is becoming progressively more expert, with teachers using questions skilfully to spot and address any gaps in students’ learning

The report also recognised that Ormiston Six Villages Academy is becoming increasingly popular with parents within and beyond the local area. Everyone at the academy is committed to continuing to build on this in the months and years ahead, and the leadership team is encouraging ambitious teachers who want to be part of a forward-thinking academy to get in touch.

Paul Slaughter, Principal at Ormiston Six Villages Academy said:

I am delighted that Ofsted recognised all the excellent work going on at Six Villages, which is a testament to the dedicated efforts of our staff members, as well as the unwavering support of students, parents, Ormiston Academies Trust, our governing body, and the wider community.

“Being consistently ‘Good’ in all categories, we are on a sure footing to keep going on our path, to ensure we continue to provide the very best educational journey for your children. We are a core values driven academy, a place of nurture where we know our students. The report states that “pupils learn to become responsible, respectful citizens” and this is exactly what we aim to deliver, and we are pleased that Ofsted recognised this.”

Nicola Bull, Education Director South Region at Ormiston Academies Trust said:

“We are very proud of everyone at Ormiston Six Villages Academy for the outcome of this report, which is hugely deserved. There has been a continued drive at the academy to give students the best provision they can, and it is great to see this acknowledged by Ofsted. I look forward to seeing the academy continue to follow this upward trajectory, as I know it will.”