Ofsted Inspection 2014


Sandwell Academy is celebrating once again. Following a recent Ofsted inspection the Academy has again been graded Outstanding and follows the previous outstanding judgement in November 2011. The Ofsted celebrations came on the back of the release of the School League tables last week where the Academy was recognised as the top performing school in the borough and ranked fifth nationally for advanced vocational qualifications.

The inspection, a rigorous 2 day review; included an assessment of day to day activities, behaviour of students, 45 lesson observations, meetings with students from all years, meetings with the Senior Leadership team, parent surveys and a staff survey. The inspection judged the Academy outstanding in every category and makes impressive reading.

Inspectors commented on ‘Teachers excellent subject knowledge’ and ‘teaching with a passion and enthusiasm’ which ‘leads to outstanding progress.’ They also highlighted students’ behaviour as ‘outstanding’ and students excellent attitudes to learning. The exceptional leadership provided by the Headteacher and the Senior Leadership team was praised and it was also noted that all students are successful in moving on to education, employment or training at the end of Year 11 or Year 13.

Simon Topper, Headteacher, is delighted and commented “The Ofsted judgement is a wonderful accolade and most deserving for the staff and students who work incredibly hard to make rapid progress and achieve excellent outcomes.I am extremely grateful for the support of the parents, governors, sponsors and the local business community in helping us achieve our ambitious targets. I am especially proud to lead a school which is making such a positive difference to the lives of Sandwell children.”

There was also considerable praise for the sixth form which was also identified as outstanding with ‘excellent teaching and outstanding achievement for students’. Applications are still open for entry to the 6th Form with the next information evening taking place on Wednesday 5 February. For further information please contact Lesley Barnes, 6th Form Admissions Manager, on 0121 525 1700.

Please read the results of the latest Ofsted Inspection here.


The following documents are in .pdf format.