Ark Kings Academy in Kings Norton has been declared a ‘Good’ school by Ofsted following an inspection which took place in October.
Inspectors highlighted the school’s leadership and management saying that: “The principal, senior leaders and governors share a vision to deliver high-quality teaching and learning for all pupils in the school. They are ambitious and aspirational to provide pupils with the best learning opportunities and experiences.”
Principal, Roger Punton, was praised for being ‘totally inclusive and committed to the achievement of the pupils in his care.’
Inspectors also praised the quality of teaching and, importantly, the strength of relationships between staff and students, saying: “Teaching makes a very positive contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. This helps pupils to reflect, work well together and listen carefully to the opinions of others. Teachers establish good working relationships with pupils and they help pupils to overcome any barriers to learning they might have.”
The strength of teaching is highlighted in this summer’s GCSE results with a Progress 8 measure of +0.3 (estimated) which will put Ark Kings in the top 20% of schools for student progress. Alongside teaching, inspectors also recognised the school’s commitment to student’s ongoing success saying that: “Pupils are very well prepared for the next stage of their education, training or employment and now leave school with better qualifications and also higher aspirations for their future chances.”
The behaviour and attitudes of pupils was highlighted as a particular strength with inspectors saying: “Pupils are helpful, polite and courteous to staff, visitors and to each other. The atmosphere in school is one of tolerance, sharing and learning together. Pupils conduct themselves well around the school and the atmosphere is calm and orderly, both during and between lessons, and at breaktime and lunchtime. Pupils’ behaviour and attitudes to learning are good across all years and all subjects. Pupils are punctual to lessons, bring the right equipment with them, settle quickly and approach their work with enthusiasm.”
Principal, Roger Punton, said: “I am delighted that Ofsted inspectors have recognised that Ark Kings Academy is a ‘good’ school. I want to take this opportunity to thank our pupils, parents, staff and governors for being so dedicated to making Ark Kings Academy the great school that it now is. With our new building opening next year, and with continued hard work and commitment, I know that we will achieve even better things at Ark Kings Academy.”