Staff, pupils and parents have been celebrating after Peterlee’s alternative provision free school, Endeavour Academy, was judged as a good school by school inspectors, Ofsted.
Crowning their good rating was an ‘outstanding’ rating for the school’s personal development, behaviour and welfare with inspectors praising the school’s ability to enable each pupil to gain confidence in their education and belief that they can be successful.
Head teacher Kerrie Whelan said: “Everyone at Endeavour Academy is absolutely thrilled with the outcome of our recent Ofsted inspection.
“We are delighted that the inspectors have recognised our clear vision for the school and that our pupils are hard-working and positive about their futures.
“It is particularly pleasing to be graded outstanding for personal development, behaviour and welfare. Pupils were very keen to speak to inspectors and let them know how much they felt ‘listened to and respected’ with parents summarising the change in their children and one reporting ‘he loves it there, and doesn’t want to miss a day.’
“On the back of the positive report and its recommendations for future improvements, we are confident that the school can only go from strength-to-strength.”
Following a two-day inspection, the report found that the effectiveness of leadership and management was good; quality of teaching, learning and assessment was good; personal development, behaviour and welfare was outstanding; and outcomes for pupils was good.
It stated that: ‘The headteacher, staff and trustees have established an effective school that has a significant transformative impact on pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare.’
‘Outcomes for pupils are good overall. With help and support from skilled staff, well-designed induction programmes and excellent support for their social and emotional needs, they reengage in learning and make good progress,’ and that ‘pupils are well prepared for their next stage of education, employment or training.’
You can read the full report on our Ofsted page on our website.