Swaffham academy praised by monitors

The Nicholas Hamond Academy Swaffham Main Entrance ANL-151202-134824009
The Nicholas Hamond Academy Swaffham Main Entrance ANL-151202-134824009

Swaffham’s Nicholas Hamond Academy has been praised by the Department for Education as part of its monitoring duties.

A representative of the Regional Schools Commissioner visited the Academy Transformation Trust (ATT) academy last month and praised the actions the academy is taking to improve further.

The visit was very positive and focused on the progress made by the school since becoming an academy.

Work to promote better achievement for boys was recognised, particularly “mastery time” to support pupils as the examination season approaches, and Discimus, the in - house project based learning programme.

The focus on both writing and mathematics was praised with pupils making good rates of progress to date.

Support for teachers such as CPD forums and mentoring has helped to improve teaching across the academy and efforts to strengthen the skills of middle leaders has improved the quality of leadership.

The guidance provided by ATT was acknowledged as helping to improve teaching and leadership skills at the academy.

Pupils were also commended for their work ethic and team work, driven by the quality pastoral care provided by the academy.

It was also noted that the academy were proud of achieving the World Class Curriculum Mark from The Curriculum Foundation.

Principal, Cheryl Hill, said: “We welcome any visitors to our academy, including the DfE.

“It is always useful to have our work reviewed and monitored by others so that we can ensure we are focusing on the right areas.

“We feel confident that the work we are doing will lead to continued improvements in the future and we are reassured that this has been recognised by the DfE.

“Thank you to staff and pupils for their dedication and hard work and to ATT for their continued support.”