KES King's Lynn Ofsted report released
A new inspection report into Lynn's King Edward VII Academy (KES) has been released to parents, revealing an overall grade of ‘requires improvement’.
The rating, which follows an assessment made in June, is an improvement on the inadequate finding recorded at the school's last full inspection in 2019.
The report recognises the hard work of the Principal, Sarah Hartshorn, and the KESA team which has led to significant improvement since the previous inspection with the academy receiving a good rating for leadership and management, behaviour, personal development and Sixth Form.
Although the school is now under the sponsorship of the Inspiration Trust, it was part of the Eastern Multi-Academy Trust (E-MAT) when the assessment was conducted.
E-MAT's acting chief executive, Paul Shanks, said: “We are pleased that Ofsted has recognised the progress KES Academy has made on its journey towards an ‘outstanding’ grading and are delighted that the report identifies the many areas of significant progress.
“The inspection team noted a number of strengths, particularly around the leadership of the school and the support that has been put in place to fast track improvement.
"We are very encouraged at the recognition of the work being done to ensure that all students are successful. Inspectors said that behaviour is much improved since the last inspection and that there is a settled and productive atmosphere in the academy.
"Pupils and teachers have positive relationships with each other.
“We are also delighted that KES Sixth Form provision was graded as ‘good’ again.
"Inspectors commented on the effectiveness of the work done to develop links with local employers and support the wider life of the school.
"The report acknowledges the improvements made in the curriculum at KES and identifies the areas for further development.
"The academy is well placed to continue its improvement journey for its students and we wish Sarah Hartshorn and her team every success for the future.”