We achieved the best possible grading after a virtual two-day Ofsted inspection in February. During the “visit”, the inspectors were tasked to review the progress that has been made and look at how the school has adapted to providing learning during the pandemic.
“No stone was left unturned."
"We are, therefore, absolutely delighted with the nature of the report. While they are unable to make an overall judgement, like Good, because of the type of inspection it was, the inspection team was able to conclude that we are taking effective action in all that we are doing.”
During their remote visit, inspectors noted that:
Mr Lancaster added: “What is most pleasing is that the inspectors noted that we were not going to use Covid-19 as an excuse. There is no shying away from the fact that the pandemic has provided a unique set of challenges, but we believe that we should always be pushing for the very best for our students.
“We have challenged ourselves not just to do the minimum, but to try everything possible to ensure that no child is disadvantaged because of the issues that they have faced over the last 12 months.”
“We have an unwavering focus on improvement – we are ensuring that Fulwood reaches our potential faster.”
The school has also received praise from parents during the recent lockdown for providing a food bank for parents, delivering a full timetable of live lessons and even undertaking a door-to-door stationery delivery.
Joan Dean, Chair of the Dunstone Education Trust, said: “At every level, the Fulwood Academy family has worked tirelessly to support our community – educationally, pastorally and practically.
“It is great that we’re seeing our students making real strides in their academic learning, but for students to make real progress we must continue to ensure that they are happy and confident learners. I raise my hat to the staff and students at the school and also thank again our families who continue to support Fulwood in all we do.”
In addition to the Inspection Team’s comments, a significant number of families also fed into the inspection through Parent View, the Ofsted Parent Portal. Feedback shows that 90% of parents would now recommend Fulwood, three times more now than when last inspected.
"What is most pleasing is that the inspectors noted that we were not going to use Covid-19 as an excuse.
There is no shying away from the fact that the pandemic has provided a unique set of challenges, but we believe that we should always be pushing for the very best for our students."
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