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An academy is celebrating after its new courses were praised by Ofsted.
Reynolds Training Academy (RTA) was rated outstanding in its previous inspection, but this time dropped a level.
Yet for the performing arts college it is a huge success, after expanding its curriculum this year to cover sports and fitness, beauty therapy and even agriculture.
It is still rated outstanding in performing arts, while the other courses at the Kent Road academy have been rated good.
Academy chief executive Emma Revie, 37, said: “We’re delighted with that grading.
“We haven’t been doing the other courses long enough to get the level of experience a mark of outstanding would require, so we’re really pleased to do as well as a good after such a little amount of time.
“Our performing arts hasn’t changed, which shows we’re continuing to maintain standards as well as improve and expand the academy.
Lead inspector Mark Shackleton said in his report, published last week: “RTA is a very ambitious organisation.
“Learners benefit from highly experienced, highly motivated teaching staff who provide excellent role models and inspire them to succeed.
“RTA leaders and managers have successfully adapted and expanded the range of courses to meet local and national needs.
“Excellent learner focus was maintained during a recent period of significant turbulence and change to courses.”
He went on to praise the academy’s facilities, including dance and music practice rooms, luxury spas, gymnasiums and beauty salons.
To improve, Mr Shackleton advised the school to integrate English and mathematics into pupils’ vocational courses.
He added: “It will enhance learning by allowing learners to appreciate the value of these skills in their day-to-day learning and future employment.”
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