New school partnership celebrates a year of success

Year 6 Elm Academy pupils at Oak Academy with their principal Jo Fish (centre) Oak principal Richard Burgas and LeAF executive principal Paul Holman.

Year 6 Elm Academy pupils at Oak Academy with their principal Jo Fish (centre) Oak principal Richard Burgas and LeAF executive principal Paul Holman.

Bournemouth children enjoyed a successful transition day to secondary school armed with the knowledge that they had scored excellent SAT results.

The Year 6 youngsters from Elm Academy spent the day at their sister school Oak Academy, with both West Howe schools celebrating a year of success.

Elm has just recorded significant increases in this summer’s provisional SATs results, beating the national average across the board.

And Oak Academy recently received praise from Ofsted for its “unstinting” commitment to improving the standard of education for its pupils.

July marks the first anniversary of both schools being involved in a partnership with Ambitions Academies Trust (AAT).

Executive Principal of the LeAF schools and AAT Director, Paul Holman, said: “We are very pleased to have seen significant improvements at Elm and Oak academies in our first year in partnership.

“Staff and students in all the LeAF academies have worked extremely hard this year and I am proud of them all.

“We will continue the work that’s been put in place and look forward to celebrating further successes at our schools.”

Elm Academy recorded increases in all its SATs results with those achieving the expected level in reading up by 20% and in maths up by 19% on last year.

Overall, 68% of its pupils achieved the expected level in all subjects – an increase of 30% on last year and 7% above the national level.

In addition, 30% of this year’s Key Stage 2 pupils achieved a level of greater depth in reading than the expected level – up by 23% on last year.

Meanwhile Oak Academy, which was rated as ‘requiring improvement’ by Ofsted in March 2016, received positive feedback from inspectors.

Following its most recent monitoring visit to Oak, Ofsted inspectors said school leaders and governors were taking effective action in order to become a good academy.

In her letter to principal Richard Burgas, who joined Oak in June 2016, inspector Kathy Maddocks, said: “You have continued to tackle a range of issues consistently and effectively.

“The commitment to improve the standard of education for pupils is unstinting and is showing clear signs of moving in the right direction.”

The Trustees of LeAF Academy asked Ambitions to work with its schools – which also includes LeAF Studio – on a consultancy basis last July.

The collaborative support has benefited all three LeAF Academies and they are looking forward to formally becoming part of the AAT Academy.


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