Congratulations to all the teachers, leadership and pupils at Sandown Bay Academy after it was revealed the secondary school has worked its way out of Special Measures.
Principal of the school, Eric Jackson, revealed in his Friday blog that the school had undergone an Ofsted inspection this week.
“The Ofsted visit was initially a Section 8 monitoring visit that then became a full inspection on the second day. As ever, I cannot give details of the full report until it is officially published but I am allowed to make public the following extract:
“In accordance with section 13(4) of the Education Act 2005, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector is of the opinion that the school no longer requires special measures”.
“I hope that you will all agree that this is a great achievement by our staff and students but make no mistake, there is more to be done and the final report will be helpful in pinpointing what we need to do to move on to be judged as a good school within two years. Our drive to improve will continue again on Monday morning.”
Eric Jackson was highly praised by Ofsted inspectors back in February, when they said the school had been revitalised under his leadership.
He went on to say,
“I am also pleased for the Isle of Wight, secondary schooling has taken a bit of a battering in the last two years, I am most pleased that Sandown Bay Academy is the first school to be removed from an Ofsted category and I am sure that this is a turning point on the Island. There are many great people working in schools.”