Downham Market Academy on track for good rating

Fete of Remembrance Day Help for Heroes. Downham Academy. FLtoR  Kerranane Edwards. Lois Coates. Sarah Warsley.Oliver Thompson Becky Edwards Emily Glover. ANL-150407-205831009
Fete of Remembrance Day Help for Heroes. Downham Academy. FLtoR Kerranane Edwards. Lois Coates. Sarah Warsley.Oliver Thompson Becky Edwards Emily Glover. ANL-150407-205831009
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The principal of Downham Academy says the school is on track to receiving a good Ofsted rating.

Jon Ford is hoping to see the academy’s current requires improvement rating lifted shortly.

Ofsted inspectors returned to the school in June to monitor the school’s progress.

But inspectors advised the school to ‘sharpen’ its development plan by identifying regular times during the year when progress towards targets can be measured.

Mr Ford said: “The recent visit found Downham Academy to be on track to achieving ‘good’ status rapidly.

“The academy development plan suitably outlines all of the areas for improvement noted in the previous Ofsted inspection, as well as developments that we had previously identified as being in need of modification.

“College of West Anglia Academy Trust is supporting DMA by working to improve areas such as leadership capacity.

“As a whole, the academy is working well to strengthen the quality of guidance that teachers provide to students, as well as ensuring that subject leaders are being held to account for the performance of their teams.

“The academy is also working well with disadvantaged students to close gaps in attainment between its students and learners on a national scale.”

The academy has recently hosted a fete of remembrance day to raise money for Help for Heroes.

People of all ages supported the event, which included a cake stall and a host of other games.