Letchworth school earns first ‘good’ Ofsted rating

North East Herts MP Sir Oliver Heald visited the Garden City Academy after it received its first goo

North East Herts MP Sir Oliver Heald visited the Garden City Academy after it received its first good Ofsted rating. Picture: Courtesy of Jenny Redgrove - Credit: Archant

A Letchworth academy has been given its first ‘good’ Ofsted rating following an inspection in October.

Garden City Academy in Radburn Way had previously been given a “requires improvement” status from the school standards regulator, in two inspections since becoming an academy in 2012.

In its latest report, the school has been rated good across the board in categories including effectiveness of leadership and management and quality of teaching, learning and assessment.

North East Herts MP Sir Oliver Heald visited the school last week to celebrate its success.

The MP spoke to the children about recycling and Finn’s Law.

Headteacher Jenny Redgrove said: “We were delighted to welcome Sir Oliver to visit the school and we used the occasion to mark our recent Ofsted visit, where we were grded good in all areas.

“This is the first time in over 20 years that the school has been graded good.

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“Sir Oliver toured our school and Year 5 and 6 had a question time with him, where we explored Finn’s Law and recycling.”

The latest Ofsted report says: “The headteacher, ably supported by senior leaders, is committed to providing every opportunity to help pupils succeed in their education.

“The school motto, ‘believe and achieve’, is reflected through the headteacher’s drive to provide pupils with the best teaching.

“Alongside other leaders, there is an unwavering commitment to ensuring that all pupils achieve well.

“Teachers plan interesting lessons that stimulate pupils’ interests and motivate them to learn.

“First-hand experiences provide an exciting start to their learning.

“Pupils make good progress in a wide range of subjects and talk enthusiastically about the enrichment opportunities that enhance their learning.

“Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is interwoven through the school’s curriculum.

“This prepares pupils well for life in modern-day Britain.

“For example, ideas of democracy were shared during one class activity, so that pupils could have a constructive debate.”

To view the school’s entire Ofsted report, visit reports.ofsted.gov.uk and search for Garden City Academy.