Albany Academy received a major endorsement from Ofsted this week, when the school inspectorate published the outcomes of their recent inspection.
The inspectors judged that the popular Chorley school continues to be good with outstanding behaviour, safety and leadership. They highlighted the improvements that the academy has made since 2014 in addressing all issues from the previous inspection, and they agree with the areas of improvement the school is currently focussed on, in particular the attendance and achievement of disadvantaged pupils.
About two thirds of schools which have been inspected under the current arrangements have been downgraded from 'good' and Mr Mayland, Headteacher, found the letter an accurate and positive summary of the inspection. “I am delighted that the inspection team recognised our significant improvements since the last inspection and even since last year and that they have highlighted our strengths in collaboration, middle leadership and governance. It was also reassuring that they agree with all our targets for improvement and have endorsed our approaches to improve," he said.
Morgan and Zac, Head Girl and Boy, pictured with Mr Mayland, were both impressed with the report. “Ofsted are certainly correct when they say students are respectful and welcoming said Morgan. Zac agreed, “This is a great school and everyone I know really appreciates the support that all the teachers give us.”
The letter emphasises the ‘very safe, happy and purposeful school environment and that students ‘enjoy school, feel safe and appreciate the support they receive’. Mr Mayland continued, “Albany is a very caring community and the safety and wellbeing of our students is always a priority, and I am pleased that this has been highlighted by inspectors.”
Mrs Brown, Chair of the Governing Body was also thrilled with the written report. "I am a proud Chair of Governors of Albany where safeguarding and behaviour continue to be exemplary and Governors continue to be a strength to the school. I was impressed with the way the school community pulled together to respond to the short notice call from Ofsted and I would like to thank all staff, governors, parents and students for not just what they did during a rigorous inspection programme but for their hard work throughout the year.”
The inspectors spoke to staff, parents and students, many of whom responded to an online questionnaire about the school. The letter reports that ‘many parents fully endorse [the] successful efforts to create a happy school where their children can ‘excel’. An overwhelming number of parents would recommend [the] school to others.’
The letter is published on the Ofsted and school websites, and can be read in full here.