Academy improvements following inspection

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A Tameside school is making significant changes to improve teaching, leadership and academic performance following its latest Ofsted inspection.

New Charter Academy in Ashton, part of Great Academies Education Trust is undergoing a rapid transformation after being rated ‘inadequate’ following an Ofsted visit at the end of February.

Mrs Jenny Langley, who is an experienced academy principal will begin as the academy’s new interim Principal after the Easter holidays, following the resignation of former head David Shaw.

The Trust has put in place a new interim executive board to replace the governing body and a specialist ‘teaching and learning’ team to model and support good teaching across the academy.

The Great Academies school improvement team will support leaders and teachers to improve their performance and deliver much improved academic outcomes for all young people by providing a clear and consistent approach to how improvement will be monitored.

A system to monitor pupils’ behaviour has been brought in and work is being done to ensure exclusions from school lead to positive change.

All academy staff are correctly trained in child protection and the Trust is working to improve staff presence during the school day.

Ofsted recognised the work of the wider Great Academies Education Trust and its swift actions to turnaround the school, particularly the work of its newly appointed chief executive Allison Crompton CBE who inspectors said had ‘brought a renewed urgency and rigour to the school improvement process.’

Allison said: “We’ve been supporting the academy to make a number of important changes in the school and have put in place a new interim executive board to help further challenge performance and strengthen leadership at all levels.

“The results of this inspection are incredibly disappointing and I’d like to reassure parents that we’ve already acted upon many of Ofsted’s recommendations and will continue to do so with a clear resolve.”

“We are determined that New Charter Academy will be a good school that the whole community can be proud of and that will serve its young people well. Our new Principal Jenny Langley will help us make these improvements and it’s important that parents, pupils and staff work with us to help make this happen.”