Good with Outstanding Features

The achievement of students at The Co-operative Academy of Stoke-on-Trent since it opened in 2010 has been praised by OFSTED with inspectors highlighting the range of subjects and courses available as “OUTSTANDING”.

In its report, published today (28 March), inspectors rated the Academy as “GOOD” and said that its students “do well at the school”. The overall progress and achievement of students is “GOOD” both in English and in core science, for which progress is above the national average. Attainment in maths is “improving strongly”.

OFSTED also highlighted The Co-operative Academy of Stoke-on-Trent’s “good and better teaching which underpins students’ good progress”. In addition, inspectors observed “outstanding teaching” in English lessons, and other subject areas, which they said “enabled students to acquire knowledge and understanding quickly and securely and this matches how well they do in examinations”.

Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural experiences are “rich and varied at the Academy” according to OFSTED, which also commented that the Academy’s brand new state of the art building, which opened last September, “appropriately reflected the high aspirations the academy has for all its students and the Academy’s motto ‘Be the Best’”.

The Academy has improved each year – “morale is high and all staff are proud to work in the Academy”, which OFSTED has attributed to “the Principal’s clear and well communicated vision for the life of the school community and what he wants staff and students to achieve”.

The Academy’s lead sponsor, The Co-operative Group, and co-sponsors Staffordshire University and Stoke-on-Trent College, actively support and enhance leadership at all levels throughout the Academy according to inspectors.

OFSTED also highlighted how the Academy ensures that students are safe, how students co-operate well and that their behaviour makes a strong contribution to the purposeful and calm atmosphere of the school.

Andy Stanier, Principal of The Co-operative Academy of Stoke-on-Trent, said: “We are delighted that OFSTED has recognised the fantastic achievements made by students, staff, governors and our sponsors to pave the way for our vision to become an inspirational provider of education for future generations in the years to come.

“This vote of confidence by OFSTED signifies a historic turning point for the Academy and the community which we serve. We should all feel proud of what has been achieved so far as we continue to work co-operatively to enable young people from across Stoke-on-Trent to experience education in a state of the art, vibrant, caring environment which motivates our students to achieve their full potential.”

Mike Greenacre, Chair of Governors at The Co-operative Academy of Stoke-on-Trent, said: “For the Co-operative Academy to be recognised by OFSTED as a "GOOD" school is a reflection of the tremendous strides that have been made over the past 3 years in bringing first class education to all of our students and providing them with the best possible opportunities for further education or training and apprenticeships.

“The most encouraging aspect of the OFSTED report was the recognition that many aspects of our education strategy are already "OUTSTANDING" and this is our next target over the next 3 years. Our new building has first class facilities and capacity to increase the number of students, giving them the same outstanding opportunities.

“Overall this is a fantastic achievement bringing together all of our stakeholders with one common purpose of success for the Academy"

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