Dear Parents and Carers
As you are aware the David Nieper Academy has recently had its first Ofsted inspection as a new school. I would like to thank all the pupils, parents and carers who were able to complete the Ofsted questionnaire.
We are very encouraged by the positive feedback on our school improvement journey. The report has confirmed our position as a developing school, with many strengths, and as we are aware, with areas which require improvement and further work. We were therefore pleased that Inspectors recognised continued progress and awarded an overall grading of ‘requires improvement’. We would like to congratulate the tremendous efforts of all our staff, who have succeeded in moving the academy on from its ‘inadequate’ rating it received at the last Ofsted inspection, as the former Alfreton Grange Arts College in 2015.
We welcome the constructive feedback from the inspectors, which will help us to achieve our goal of becoming a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ school at the next inspection in 2 ½ years’ time.
The inspection report notes a number of particular strengths including:
- The personal development and welfare of pupils is a strong feature of the school. Pupils are safe and well cared for.
- Leaders are determined and committed to improving the school and they know what action to take.
- The Headteacher works tirelessly to improve the school.
- Leaders have been very effective in engaging parents in their children’s learning.
- Parents are positive about the school’s work and the improvements made.
- Pupil admissions to the school have increased notably.
- Leaders prepare pupils well for life in modern Britain.
- Trustees and governors are ambitious for the school. They have a firm understanding of the key strengths and weaknesses of the school.
- Outcomes in English are a strength of the school. Pupils have made consistently good progress since the academy opened and continue to do so.
- Pupils look smart and wear their uniform with pride. They are polite, welcoming and show respect towards each other and to visitors.
- Leaders take great care to keep pupils in education and learning.
- In sixth form, vocational courses are well chosen to meet the needs of students.
- Sixth form students told inspectors that they enjoy their studies. They said they were well supported in both their academic studies and personal development.
- Careers advice is comprehensive and supports pupils’ decisions well.
- Where teaching is of a high quality, pupils’ behaviour and conduct is exemplary.
Inspectors also outlined areas to further develop the school including:
- Further improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment so that all pupils make consistently strong progress across the school by ensuring that the most effective teaching practices are shared and implemented across all subject teams.
- Improve pupils’ attendance across the school.
- Strengthen the leadership and management of the school by ensuring that governors and leaders across all levels increase the rigour and accuracy of the monitoring and evaluation of the school’s effectiveness in improving pupils’ progress.
The full Ofsted report is available on our website. If you require a paper copy, please let us know.
As an academy we are always learning and improving, our progress confirms that we are moving firmly in the right direction. We strive for excellence and have prioritised the areas which require attention.
We also recognise that as a new academy it is too soon to see the full impact of the extensive changes that have been put in place. We are confident these will be fulfilled before the next Ofsted visit.
After less than three years the academy now has a strong foundation – we are fully staffed, have fantastic modern facilities, support from our employer partners, a raft of extracurricular activities and this year, after an unprecedented number of applications, we are oversubscribed in Year 7.
We were honoured to have HRH the Countess of Wessex officially open the academy last year, who gave high praise for pupils, teaching staff and what she called the Academy’s ‘forward thinking’ approach.
We are excited about the future for our pupils and our academy. We will continue to strive for excellence and to achieve our goal of creating an outstanding academy.
We would like to thank you all for your continued support.
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