From the verge of failing to outstanding across the board - school celebrates inspection success

Executive headteacher Adrian Reed and headteacher Helen Joyce with some of the pupils at Carlton Road Academy. DJ
Executive headteacher Adrian Reed and headteacher Helen Joyce with some of the pupils at Carlton Road Academy. DJ

A school which was in danger of failing eight years ago has been given an ‘outstanding’ rating in its latest Ofsted report.

Carlton Road Academy, which sits in the Witham Federation of schools, was given the top rating across the board following an inspection on September 17-18.

Executive headteacher Adrian Reed said: “We’re obviously thrilled, Carlton Road was last inspected in 2010 when the school was judged to be ‘good’.

“Since then, for the last four years, its been in the top 200 schools in the country for the progress that children make. When the Ofsted team came they were thrilled with our children.”

Inspectors praised the leadership of Mr Reed and headteacher Helen Joyce – noting the ‘excellent’ support and advice given on assessment and the new curriculum.

Their report said behaviour is exemplary in lessons and around the school adding that pupils are courteous and polite and show respect.

It praised how the quality of teaching has improved and is now outstanding ‘in the majority of classes’ and consistently good in the others.

The report also found pupils’ progress to be impressive, noting that the percentage of pupils achieving better than expected progress in reading, writing and mathematics being double the national average.

It said rigorous checks on absences meant attendance has improved.

Carlton Road Academy was brought into the federation’s fold eight years ago when, Mr Reed said, the school was on the verge of big problems.

Mr Reed said: “When we took over it was in danger of failing. It was one of the lowest performing schools in Lincolnshire.”

The Witham Federation now consists of Carlton, Staniland (which is also outstanding), Haven High and a new school in Spalding.