Find out why Caister Academy is a good place to learn at for its pupils

PUBLISHED: 14:27 07 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:05 07 February 2018

Principal Michelle Strong is flanked by head boy Ben Moore and head girl Isabella Weller.
Picture supplied by Mark Sowersby

Principal Michelle Strong is flanked by head boy Ben Moore and head girl Isabella Weller. Picture supplied by Mark Sowersby


A high school on the east coast has been rated as good in its first Osfted inspection in its new form.

Caister Academy has had its overall effectiveness judged as good following a two day inspection last month which looked at four key areas of management, pupil outcomes, the quality of teaching and pupils’s personal development and behaviour.

In its previous guise as Caister High School, it had been rated as inadequate in its last inspection in May 2014, a year before it joined the Creative Education Trust and became an academy.

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Last month’s Ofsted inspection praised the school’s leaders and governors for changing the culture of the site and driving sustained and effective improvements.

Among over positives highlights, Ofsted also commentated on how leaders, governors and staff have worked hard to tackle pupils’ historical underachievement, leading to an improvement in most areas of the curriculum.

It added: “Teaching has improved and is now good. This is due to the high-quality support and monitoring conducted by leaders and the Creative Education Trust.”

The report also said attendance was improving, pupils receive very effective guidance about future careers and disadvantaged pupils make good progress by the end of key stage 4 in a range of subjects.

Principal Michelle Strong said she could not be prouder of her staff, parents and pupils.

She said: “This is fantastic result for the whole Caister Academy community.

“Staff, parents and pupils have come together as one and worked extremely hard to be the best we can be. We are determined to give each and every one of our pupils the best start they can possibly have and I think that comes across loud and clear in the report.”

Ofsted said for the academy to improve further it should increase attendance to national levels and to continue to ensure all pupils clearly understand the link between exemplary behaviour, attendance and academic achievement.

It could also make teaching, learning and assessment outstanding by ensuring that the leadership of all subjects is as consistently strong as the leadership of English and pupils receive consistently effective guidance in every area of the

curriculum to support accelerated progress.

Creative Education Trust chief executive, Marc Jordan, said he was pleased the work of the trust had been recognised as ‘critical to the journey of improvement at the school’.

Congratulating everyone connected with Caister, he said the report demonstrated the transformational power of talented individuals at all levels, as well as the importance of knowledge sharing, collaboration and a vision shared across the group.

“It is unusual for a report to contain such explicitly favourable wording about senior leaders, governors and The Trust in its first few paragraphs,” he said, adding: “It’s a credit to Michelle Strong and her team and we look forward to the school continuing to thrive in the future.”

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