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The Portsmouth Academy continues to be a good school with engaged students and staff

The Portsmouth Academy continues to be a good school with engaged students and staff

We’re delighted to announce The Portsmouth Academy has received a Good rating by Ofsted following our first inspection since the pandemic and welcoming all students back into school.

 

We received a highly complimentary report by Her Majesty’s Inspector and have maintained our Good rating.

Highlights from the report included praising our brilliant staff for “being knowledgeable and passionate about their subjects, which engages and motivates pupils.” The inspector commented that the school’s leaders are determined that every pupil makes a strong and confident start to their education, both in terms of academic success and their wider development. Impressively, the inspector said, “Leaders are knowledgeable and well informed. They engage fully with staff. They work hard to take account of staff’s pressures and workloads. Governors and trustees are committed and experienced.”

Ofsted also commended the curriculum and attitude to learning at the school, stating “The curriculum is closely aligned to the national curriculum. It is suitably augmented to address the gaps caused by the pandemic” and “relationships between teachers and pupils are particularly strong.” Learning in lessons was said to be calm and purposeful and complemented by interesting trips and visits.

The inspector went on to applaud the school for its portfolio of extra-curricular activities, saying: “Extra-curricular activities are extensive and well attended by pupils, including disadvantaged pupils. The school offers a successful Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme. Pupils are actively involved in voluntary service in the community. Pupil’s support each other very well in school.”

We have also been praised for our provision for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). The inspector commented, “Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities are well supported and achieve well because of their personalised programmes. Disadvantaged pupils are well known. Teachers give them priority when marking and providing feedback.”

Our safeguarding was deemed effective, and Ofsted were pleased with the regular and robust training that our staff receive. The report states: “The school works hard to provide a safe environment in which pupils can learn. Pupils are aware of safeguarding risks to themselves.”

Rachel Grey, Principal at The Portsmouth Academy, said:

“I’m delighted The Portsmouth Academy continues to be a Good school. I am proud of the hard work from both the school’s staff and students, who have particularly strong relationships to ensure everyone has a positive learning experience. It’s welcomed news that Ofsted have recognised our pupils support each other very well in school too. We are one community, learning together.

“We have been working tirelessly to ensure our students feel safe and well cared for, and Ofsted’s latest report recognises that. At this school, we’re focused on supporting students in identifying their aspirations, and play a key part in helping them achieve them through an engaging and respectful learning setting.”

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Staff and students have been reported to have particularly strong relationships.