Stour Academy

Sheerness Primary School begins turnaround

After a long legacy of failure, Richmond Academy is at long last on the way up. Under new sponsors, a recent Ofsted inspection highlighted the stability and renewed sense of ambition that has been brought to the school by The Stour Academy Trust.

“(The Trust) are systematically reversing past weaknesses and creating a culture of achievement in the school… and are relentless in securing the necessary improvements.”

“Since becoming the school’s sponsor in January 2017, officers and trustees of The Stour Academy Trust have wasted no time in getting to grips with the many issues that confronted them on their arrival. The chief executive officer (CEO) has overseen a transformation in the culture of the school, raising expectations and putting in place new leadership, policies and procedures.”

- Ofsted 2019

Helen Evemy, Headteacher of the School said “Although there is still much to do, the strong and capable team that I lead are passionate about providing our pupils with the life chances and future opportunities they deserve. I am so proud to be Headteacher of Richmond Academy.”

The report commented “Behaviour has improved, safeguarding has been strengthened and pupils now follow a well-planned, broad and balanced curriculum.”

The full report is available on Richmond Academy’s website: