Next inspection of academy three years away

March 31 2018
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EDUCATION inspectors are not due to return for three years to the newly named and recently transferred Winterbourne Academy to give their next assessment of the school.

EDUCATION inspectors are not due to return for three years to the newly named and recently transferred Winterbourne Academy to give their next assessment of the school.
The troubled Winterbourne International Academy had been in special measures since March 2017 but is now considered closed by Ofsted after leaving the Ridings’ Federation of Academies. It was officially taken over by the Olympus Academy Trust (OAT) on February 1.
With a new unique reference number, it means the school no longer has a fixed designation from the education watchdog.
A document drawn up for candidates applying to become headteacher of the academy said: “The preparation work has been done for a new headteacher to come into post and take Winterbourne back to its previous reputational standing and re-establish pride and confidence in the community.
“As an academy with a new URN (unique reference number), Winterbourne Academy currently has no fixed Ofsted designation and now has a three-year period before Ofsted are expected to return. This will give time for a new headteacher to embed and consolidate practice.”
However, a Department for Education adviser did assess the school in recent weeks.
Olympus chief executive Dave Baker told parents: “There is still much to do. An external review conducted by a DfE education advisor at the start of February concluded that we have successfully stabilised the acadaemy but that we now need to accelerate improvement.”
OAT provided interim leadership at Winterbourne ahead of the transfer, with Peter Smart seconded from the Castle School in Thornbury to fill the role of interim principal.
Mr Baker said Mr Smart had decided to return to Thornbury for the start of the next academic year in September, resulting in the permanent headteacher post being advertised. Interviews will be scheduled for mid-April.
Mr Baker thanked Mr Smart for “playing a key stabilising role as the interim principal during a turbulent time at Winterbourne”.
That difficult period included dealing with financial problems, which have now been tackled.
Mr Baker said: “I am pleased to be able to confirm we are in a much more positive financial position than last year.”
Meanwhile, as reported in last month’s Frome Valley Voice, a survey was carried out to decide on the future name of the academy.
Of more than 700 responses, most went for the dropping of the word international from the title to leave the name as Winterbourne Academy. The vast majority also wanted the school logo to remain.
 Eventually there will be no reference to the Ridings’ Federation of Academies, as it will cease to exist.