Sybil Andrews Academy found to require improvements by Ofsted

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A Bury St Edmunds School has been found to require improvements in all areas following it’s first Ofsted inspection earlier this year.

Sybil Andrews Academy’s had its first visit from inspectors on the 14th and 15th of May 2019.

The report, which was released this morning, found that all areas required improvement including highlighting that pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are not supported as well as they should.  Leaders’ curriculum plans also do not support pupils’ learning as well as they should and some teachers do not apply the school’s behaviour management systems well enough.

The report did however highlight “strong” teaching in religious education (RE) and the arts and also praised the way that the school prepares its students for their next steps after school.

Speaking to RWSfm one parent said “despite Ofsted’s report I’m still delighted with the school, my kids are very happy there. It’s a lovely nurturing school. The majority of staff and headteacher work really hard to build strong relationships with pupils and treat them all as individuals. They’ve been very open regarding the challenges they have faced and I’m confident they will address the areas that require improvement quickly.”

Another parent added that despite the report “My overall feelings about the school are still positive. It’s a shame Maths wasn’t mentioned as I’ve been really impressed with a couple of the maths teachers. I’m glad the headteachers are acknowledging everything and being very open with parents. I’m sure given time it will be a fantastic school.”

The school, which is based on the Moreton hall in  Rougham Tower Avenue, opened it’s doors to students in November 2016.

The full report can be read online