We are an Ofsted GOOD school with a very bright future. Our improvement plans are ambitious, seeking to achieve state of the art learning spaces, a bespoke curriculum, exceptional quality teaching, high standards of achievement and unequivocal support for our families. We enjoyed a very positive Ofsted visit in January 2015 and were delighted to secure a GOOD outcome, borne out of the Ofsted teams recognition of the rapid improvements evident at The Forest Academy. The team were very complimentary of the work underway at Forest, noting: Outstanding leadership, bringing a drive for improvement at all levels. Significant improvement in the quality of teaching and learning leading to significant rise in pupils achievements and pupils making better than expected progress. Pupils good behaviour around school and in lessons Planning for future improvement is accurate and contains the right priorities. Adults model respectful attitudes and the importance of working together, listening and communicating effectively with one another. Pupils are polite, well-mannered and show respect towards each other and for adults, welcoming to visitors and keen to share their interests and explain their work. The outstanding early morning breakfast club is very well attended with 140 pupils attending regularly. It is enthusiastically and efficiently run by staff and parents. Teachers have high expectations of pupils behaviour and their work. Pupils needing additional help are given well-targeted support by teaching assistants or other adults so that all can learn well and make good progress. Teaching is invariably an enjoyable experience for pupils. Teachers demonstrate considerable skill in teaching reading, writing and mathematics. Pupils achievement has risen significantly since the school converted to academy status and there has been a distinct and rapid increase in the rate of pupils; progress. The rapidly improving achievement of all groups of pupils demonstrates the success of leaders, teachers and support staff in ensuring that all pupils have equal opportunities to make good progress.
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The Forest Academy
Thornton RoadBarnsleySouth YorkshireS70 3NG
No. of Pupils: 278
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