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6th February 2020

Ofsted – Strong leadership at all levels leading to “strong improvement” at Cedar Mount Academy

Cedar Mount Academy has just received the report following its latest inspection by Ofsted.

Following Principal Kal Hodgson’s first year in role, we have seen real improvements across all aspects of teaching and learning, and we gained praise from inspectors around the culture, care and outcomes provided for our students.

The report is full of highlights and praise for our leaders, staff and students and will also be a valuable tool in the drive for continuing progress and improvement.

Some of the standout comments that featured are highlighted below:

  • Pupils said that they feel safe when they are in school. Expectations for all pupils are now high. The majority of pupils behave well and show positive attitudes to learning.
  • Some of the improvements that leaders have put in place have made a real difference to the quality of pupils’ education.

Our Principal Mr Kal Hodgson said: ‘I am delighted to see that the inspectors recognise the journey of improvement the school has been on, and I am proud to say that this has been achieved by working together: staff, parents and pupils. When I read that the school is “like a family” I can see that the inspection team were able to understand the commitment we have to our pupils, and to their diverse backgrounds and cultures. The core elements of any school are the curriculum, culture and teaching and learning, and all of these elements are recognised positively in the report.’

Bright Futures Educational Trust CEO Dr John Stephens added – ‘It’s so pleasing that Ofsted has recognised the real progress that is being made at Cedar Mount Academy. Students, families and communities are really benefiting from the high expectations and excellent care that the school provides. We are really proud of our Cedar Mount students and staff and all that they are achieving. With strong leadership at all levels, the school is well placed to continue its impressive journey of improvement.’

You can download a full version of the report by clicking here