Stour Academy

Adisham Church of England Primary School

A journey to excellence

Adisham CE Primary School is celebrating an Outstanding Ofsted rating, having received top marks in all five areas tested.

A school in special measures since 2010, the local authority contacted The Stour Academy Trust, a leading Multi-Academy Trust based in Kent, to assume leadership of the school in February 2013 after concerns about the school’s future.

In less than 9 months, under the leadership of The Stour Academy Trust, the school’s overall effectiveness was judged to be good by Ofsted in October 2013. Leadership was described to have “instilled a sense of strong ambition” and the partnership between the school and the Trust described as “very effective in increasing the pace of improvement”.

Adisham CE Primary School

Adisham CE Primary School's future was a concern before intervention by The Stour Academy Trust

After officially converting to an academy in September 2014, The Stour Academy Trust was able to provide further substantial support to the school through its collaborative model of working. The Trust’s ethos of the creation of specialist teams, sharing of good practise between schools and a consistent development strategy led to Adisham demonstrating attainment above national figures in reading, writing and mathematics in both key stages 1 and 2 in 2016.

The two day inspection by the education watchdog Ofsted from July 4 to 5 was welcomed by the Trust and the resulting Outstanding judgment highlights the substantial journey of the School from Special Measures to Outstanding.

Simon O’Keefe, Chief Executive Officer of The Stour Academy Trust said “What a fantastic journey for the pupils, parents, staff and governors at Adisham CE Primary School. The Outstanding Ofsted judgement is testament to what can be achieved when schools work collaboratively and support each other for the benefit of all pupils."

Inspectors highlighted the effective leadership at the school, the report stated: “The headteacher and trust leadership team have a clear and ambitious vision. It penetrates through every layer of the school so that everyone is working together effectively. This has resulted in outstanding provision.”

Parents and Governors were reported as recognising “how belonging to the wider trust has facilitated high quality training for staff and increased opportunities for pupils”. The quality of teaching was also highlighted, “Outstanding teaching and a range of exciting activities, both inside and out, ensure that children get off to a flying start in the early years.”

Inspectors also praised the pupils for their behaviour in class and around the school. “The behaviour of pupils is outstanding. Pupils are polite and respectful in and around school. They know the importance of the schools’ values of friendship, compassion, trust and truth. They reflect on ways that they exemplify these values by helping their friends and getting along well together.” it added.

Headteacher Claire Jobe, with the school council of Adisham CE Primary School

The School received top marks in all five areas tested: effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare, outcomes for pupils and early years provision.

Adisham, which has 100 pupils, becomes the second Outstanding school in the Trust’s Canterbury Hub and is one of seven schools in The Stour Academy Trust.

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