News from The Kings of Wessex Academy

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection - Ofsted

3rd December, 2018 by Jude Owens

The Kings of Wessex Academy was, once again, judged to be Good and safeguarding to be effective following the short inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspector on Tuesday 13 November 2018.

This was the first short inspection carried out since the school was judged to be Good in March 2015 and follows the two-day inspection in October 2017 looking at the effectiveness of safeguarding arrangements. The focus of this inspection was on the pastoral system, the contribution of Subject Leaders to improving teaching and achievement and how leaders are working to raise achievement in the Sixth Form.

During the inspection the Inspectors met with Executive Headteacher Mr Gavin Ball and the Senior Leadership Team, students and staff, Subject Leaders, Heads of House, Governors, and other community partners. They also visited lessons, went to church for the Camelot House Remembrance Service, reviewed data and policies and practice, and considered feedback from parent and staff questionnaires.

The Inspectors acknowledged the work of Mr Ball and the leadership team “to deliver a shared vision for care and inclusion, alongside academic achievement” and in the opening statement of the report they quoted a parent who stated “pupil well-being is as important as results.” They noted the extensive ongoing pastoral work and care and work of the Welfare and Inclusion Team at the school and that “pupils’ welfare and well-being are at the heart of the school” and behaviour is “typically good natured and pleasant and the school provides a safe environment.”

As a top achieving school with a strong reputation for academic success the Inspectors recognised progress for students at Kings is “significantly above average across a wide range of GCSE subjects, particularly in English and mathematics.” Indeed, the Academy had the top results in Somerset for Maths in the 2017 summer GCSE exams. They also noted how “the achievement of lower-attaining students rose dramatically in 2018 and the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers is closing quickly” and acknowledged the contribution of Middle Leaders and the new House System introduced in June this year.

The Inspection Team reported that the areas for improvement from the October 2017 monitoring inspection had been “tackled successfully” and discussed the next steps of development for the future. Mr Ball and the Leadership Team are already addressing their recommendations to focus on embedding the various changes introduced by the new leadership.

Commenting on the inspection report Mr Ball said:

“I am very pleased with the judgement that Kings is a Good school and I thank the Inspection Team for the encouraging discussion about our school improvement work. We remain committed to providing a caring and safe learning environment and the best education for all our students and the Ofsted report endorses our endeavours.”