THE head teacher of an East Staffordshire school says she couldn’t have hoped for a better report after it was rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.
Mosley Academy in Main Road, Anslow was visited by inspectors on May 20 and 21. Lead inspector David Driscoll stated in the report that pupils displayed excellent behaviour, which was a factor in their response to the high expectations of the staff.
It was also noted that pupils leaving year 6 in 2013 had jouned the school with lower standards in most other years, however, during their time at Mosley Academy, they made excellent progress and left with standards that were in the top 20 per cent of schools nationally in writing and mathematics and the top 40 per cent in reading.
Head teacher Anne James said she was delighted with the report, which is the school’s first since gaining academy status. She told the Mail: “We’re absolutely thrilled to bits, it’s what we were hoping for. We had four inspections when we were a school, but never achieved an outstanding rating.
In the report, Mr Driscoll stated: “The school is going from strength to strength as a result of the headteacher’s inspirational leadership. Teaching and the progress made by pupils are improving every year.”
However Mrs James has played down her role, saying that the report was down to a joint effort from everyone involved at the school. She added: “It’s been a team effort, really. That includes the staff, the pupils and also the parents who have given feedback.
“I think our success is down to the fact that we move children on quickly. Once we think they’re ready, we allow them to make the step up to the next level and try to make sure they are working at the best of their ability.”