School marks big turn around with outstanding rating

Star school - Staniland Academy is celebrating its 'outstanding' Ofsted result.
Star school - Staniland Academy is celebrating its 'outstanding' Ofsted result.

With an ‘outstanding’ grade across the board – you could say Staniland Academy has passed its latest Ofsted inspection with ‘flying colours’.

It is a huge achievement for the Boston primary school which had been placed into ‘special measures’back in 2009.

The Peck Avenue school became an academy last year – and its continued improvement over the last two years has seen it achieve top marks from the government watchdog.

It has also been recognised as one of the top 100 most improved schools in the country.

“This is a rare achievement enabling Staniland Academy to become the first maintained primary school in Boston borough to be awarded the very highest rating,” said Adrian Reed, executive head.

“Since the school was removed from special measures, staff and governors have worked tirelessly, with an unswerving commitment to ensure continual improvement for the benefit of our pupils. This inspection judgement is testament to their dedication and expertise.”

Inspectors praised the academy’s leadership for being ‘outstanding at all levels’.

The report states: “All staff members know their roles and carry them out meticulously.

“They are totally committed to high quality in everything they do.”

Praising teachers, inspectors added: “Pupils rapidly gain a love of learning in this impressive academy. Their achievement is outstanding.”

Pupils’ behaviour is ‘outstanding’ and governors were praised for being ‘deeply and effectively involved’ in the work of the academy.

It notes the school has an above-average number of pupils who speak English as an additional language, and how building plans are afoot to accommodate a 50 per cent rise in pupil numbers.

Mr Reed offered thanks to the pupils, staff and governors for all their dedication and hard work.