Hardingstone Academy is celebrating a ‘Good’ grading from Ofsted following an inspection in September. Prior to becoming an academy with EMLC Academy Trust, the school had been in special measures. Mrs Zoe McIntyre, Principal, has led the school through a two year improvement programme.

Having taken over at the school when it went into ‘Special Measures’ she said, “The comments from the inspectors in the report reflect the huge journey the academy has undertaken since its last inspection in April 2013. It reflects the incredible hard work and achievements of the entire academy.”

Appointing a new Local Governing Body was one of the many changes. The Chair, Angie Milne, a local resident and mother of children at the school, said, “Mrs McIntyre, her leadership team and staff deserve a lot of credit for the improvements that have taken place. However, the biggest credit goes to our wonderful children, supported by their parents and carers.  In all of the positive feedback we were given, the comments about the children and their behaviour was amongst the most pleasing.  For example, the pupils’ behaviour in the dining hall was described as impeccable.”

The inspectors recognised that the Principal, staff, governors and members of the Academy Improvement Performance Board have set out a clear vision to ensure pupils achieve their full potential. The Principal and her leaders have united staff, pupils and parents around the core values of the academy. The inspectors noted that self-evaluation was accurate and the attainment and progress is accelerating as a result of leaders setting high expectations.

Pupils spoken to by the inspectors said that the best thing about their school is that everyone respects each other and they work together as one big family. Older pupils spoke maturely about how much they enjoyed learning and coming to school.

Jan Marshall, Chief Executive Officer of EMLC Academy Trust, said, “Mrs McIntyre took over the academy in April 2014 when the school joined the Trust. She and her team have worked tirelessly to improve progress and outcomes for the children. The Ofsted Report reflects this.”

Duncan Mills, Managing Director of EMLC Academy Trust, said, “The academy and the Trust are indebted to the contribution that our school improvement partner, Third Wave Enterprises, have made.  Their work is a key ingredient in our drive to improve previously underperforming schools.”

Early Years in the school, like all other aspects looked at by inspectors, achieved an outcome of ‘good’. The inspectors praised the pupils’ progress books as “a joy to look at”, saying that they demonstrated good progress. They added that, “Rigorous checks by the Principal and her leadership team ensure that all pupils receive teaching that results in good learning.”

Mrs McIntyre said, “At Hardingstone we have worked hard to add enrichment to the curriculum. The pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is described as “interwoven” within the academy’s core values and underpinning all areas of the academy’s work. Governors, the leadership team and all staff are now focused on the academy achieving the next level of Outstanding.  Work towards achieving this has already been identified and strategies put in place to build on our success.”

To read the Ofsted report please click here.

Hardingstone Academy is currently expanding to become a two form entry academy. We currently have spaces in our Year 1 and Reception classes. Please contact the academy for further information.

Telephone: 01604 761250

Email: bursar@hardingstone.northants-ecl.gov.uk

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