Ofsted inspected Catcote Academy over two days in March, simply weeks earlier than the nationwide lockdown.
They discovered that it continues to be faculty the place the educational and private improvement of pupils with a spread of particular academic wants is on the coronary heart of all the things it does, persevering with the legacy of visionary CEO Alan Chapman who died last October.
Inspectors stated pupils take pleasure in attending Catcote Academy, really feel completely happy and protected, and academics know every pupil effectively.
Their report said: “Workers all deal with how college students can work in direction of a future the place they are often as unbiased as they are often, at residence or in a piece setting.
“Pupils thrive of their private improvement. They study via real-life experiences similar to: working within the faculty’s Sacristy Café in a neighborhood artwork gallery; working at Catcote Metro within the city centre; visiting the college’s caravan at a neighborhood vacation park; or finishing vocational studying.
“This all results in invaluable work-related studying and alternatives for future employment.”
Studying and communication can also be a precedence.
Ofsted discovered workers have excessive expectations of the abilities, data and understanding the pupils want to assist them to achieve success adults and be as unbiased as doable.
Inspectors additionally discovered a ‘robust tradition of safeguarding’ the place pupils discover ways to hold themselves protected at residence, in the neighborhood and on-line.
Catcote Academy Interim CEO Lisa Greig stated she was extraordinarily happy on the report’s findings and the academy will proceed Mr Chapman’s mission.
“He strongly believed that everybody ought to deal with what our college students ‘can do and never what they can not’,” she stated.
“All of this was very a lot recognised by Ofsted and he himself would have been very proud that we proceed to ship his imaginative and prescient.
“Can I take this chance to thank all of the workers and college students for all their laborious work and to all our households for his or her continued assist.”