Ripley is a successful and ambitious academy, we have been graded outstanding by Ofsted in our last two inspections with every one of the 31 categories graded outstanding in 2011.
We are a National Teaching School and a SCITT (School centred initial teacher training) provider. Pupils enter the academy with high previous attainment and leave with results well above the national average. Results are outstanding across nearly all subject areas at each Key Stage.
An exciting range of extra-curricular provision at the academy offers young people great opportunity to develop and learn new skills. Music and Sport are particular strengths at Ripley with hundreds of young people taking part in practices and rehearsals during the week.
A system of leadership challenges through each of the year groups enables pupils to develop the wider skills so essential for success in today’s society. The Duke of Edinburgh award is one of these challenges with almost 200 pupils enrolled and, last year, fourteen achieved the Gold Award.
The academy has a long tradition of service with pupils raising significant amounts of money for local, national and international charities and getting involved in charitable ventures.
There are 105 teaching staff and 70 support staff at the academy; all benefit from personalised professional development available through the Teaching School to staff at all stages of their career. The staff community at Ripley is very supportive and friendly and make Ripley a great place to work. The culture of this school is one of hard work, of service and of commitment to providing the highest quality of educational experience possible for our young people.
This is not a school for those who seek a quiet life. We need talented, committed teachers and high quality leadership to enable Ripley to continue to improve the quality of educational experience for our young people.