Endeavour Academy rated as ‘good’ in first Ofsted inspection report

Monday, October 22, 2018 - 08:32

 

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.

Staff as Lifelong Learners

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 15:13

We really believe you are never too old to learn and staff have recently been working hard to complete their Mental Health Level 2 Cache Course to help raise their awareness of mental health and the problems that can cause mental ill health.

Vocational Training Updates

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 15:13

Students are really engaging well with the vocational courses on offer at Endeavour via East Durham College and The Technical Academy. 

Motor vehicle students have completed a unit of learning and are now proficient at changing a tyre and fixing a puncture.

We also have catering on our timetable for the first time; and hair and beauty continues to be a popular choice.

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Cooking up a storm

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A cut above

E-Safety News

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 15:12

During tutorials this week students have been learning the fundamental rules for protecting themselves online.

  1. Keep your privacy settings on 
  2. Only put on social media pictures and information you would be happy for your parents/carers or grandparents to see.
  3. Protect your personal data
  4. Report abuse  

Endeavour Appoints New Head

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 14:53

Endeavour Academy is pleased to announce the appointment of Kerrie Whelan as their new Head Teacher from September 2018.

Kerrie brings over 20 years' experience of working with young people who have disengaged from education. She spent the last 15 years on the Senior Management Team of a large, all age Pupil Referral Unit (PRU).

After qualifying as a Head Teacher, Kerrie took on an Interim Headship where she was successful in becoming the first PRU to achieve Centre of Excellence status in the teaching of Financial Capability. 

Her passion for promoting positive mental health was evident in the partnerships she developed to establish a large network of Mental Health Champions, leading to named leads within the school environment who were trained to facilitate change. 

Kerrie said: "I strive to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment for all my students, with a focus on resilience programmes of learning which teach students how to cope with and respond to change and instil the basic skills required become successful and confident learners and responsible citizens within their communities."