Pupils and staff at Outwood Academy Ripon are celebrating after the school was rated 'Outstanding' in its latest Ofsted report this week.
Pupils and staff at Outwood Academy Ripon are celebrating after the school was rated ‘Outstanding’ in its latest Ofsted report this week.
Outwood Academy Ripon achieved the highest grade possible in all categories. The ‘Outstanding’ rating caps a remarkable improvement for the Academy, which had been graded ‘Good’ in its previous inspection in 2012.
Sir Michael Wilkins, Academy Principal and Chief Executive of Outwood Grange Academies Trust stated “I am always truly astounded by the hard work and commitment of students, staff and governors”. He hailed the Outstanding Ofsted grading as being “thoroughly deserved and reflective of the amazing achievement of this school”. Sir Michael also praised the “outstanding” leadership of Rob Tarn, Regional Chief Executive, Angela Sweeten, former Principal and Steve Merrifield, the current Principal at the academy.
Ofsted inspectors hailed the “outstanding progress” and “exceptional outcomes” of students, underpinned by “outstanding teaching typified by high expectations.”
The report added: “The vision and enterprise of the Chief Executive and the outstanding drive of the Academy leaders have resulted in rapid and sustained improvement and high achievement.”
Outwood Academy Ripon is one of the first schools nationwide to achieve the top grade in all four categories under tough new Ofsted guidelines. The rating is just the latest boost for the Academy, after recent data by the Department of Education ranked it top in North Yorkshire and second nationally among similar schools for student progress.
Outwood Academy Ripon is also in the top 10 of all schools in the country for outcomes for students on free school meals.