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16th January 2018

UCL Academy's headteacher says good Ofsted report will allow school to shed 'mantle of shame'

    Geraldine Davies

    Published: 8 September, 2016
    By WILLIAM McLENANN

    THE headteacher of Camden’s first academy school has said she is delighted to have finally shed a “mantle of shame” Ofsted report. 

    UCL Academy in Adelaide Road, Swiss Cottage, opened in 2012 and an inspection by the education watchdog in 2014 said the school “requires improvement”.

    But after a follow-up inspection at the end of the summer term, the school, which is sponsored by the Bloomsbury university, was rated as “good” in all areas.

    In a letter to parents on Friday, school principal Geraldine Davies said: “Finally, we shed the Requires Improvement judgement, the ‘mantle of shame’ and have been given ‘Good’ judgements across the board.

    “The inspection team fully recognised the wonderful ethos and culture we have developed and the behaviour, progress and achievements of the students and staff were praised.”

    The report said the school, which unlike other schools in the borough is not directly answerable to Camden Council, had “developed a broad and balanced curriculum with a focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics”.

    The first inspection in 2014 found that insufficient progress was being made by younger pupils and that poorer children and those with special education needs were “making less progress than others”. 

    The latest inspection found: “School information shows that progress for almost all groups of pupils is good or better. Pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and those who have special educational needs or disabilities make good progress.”

    Ms Davies said: “No two-day inspection can fully capture all the wonderful things that make our Academy special but I am happy that, against the Ofsted criteria, the quality of work and standards achieved by the Academy has been recognised. I have my own category which describes this Academy, and that is fabulous!! But I’m not sure that will ever be adopted by Ofsted.”

     

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