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Ofsted gives Kemsley school its seal of approval

“Relentless in her drive to bring about lasting improvements.”

That’s how the head teacher of Kemsley Primary Academy has been described by Ofsted.

Inspectors praised Cathryn Andrews in their findings following a two-day visit to the site in Coldharbour Lane.

Overall the school, which converted to the REAch2 Academy Trust in April 2013, and is in federation with Milton Court Primary, received a ‘good’ rating.

The report says: “The academy is now confident in the accuracy of its assessment because its judgements have been regularly validated by external agencies and leaders in other schools.

Headteacher Cathryn Andrews with pupils from Years 2and 6
Headteacher Cathryn Andrews with pupils from Years 2and 6

“Information is regularly shared with governors who check and challenge any under-performance.

“There is a strong focus on the development of literacy and numeracy skills.”

The pupils are said to be very proud of their academy, and the vast majority of them display positive attitudes to their learning.

The report adds that the school dress code contributes to a culture of success, with Year 6 pupils placing a high value on their fleeces embroidered with the logo “Lead the way. Set the example”.

It says the Year 6 pupils know they need to be role models of good behaviour in order to keep the fleeces.

Head teacher Cathryn Andrews
Head teacher Cathryn Andrews

Ofsted says behaviour is not yet outstanding “because occasionally, when the pace or challenge of a lesson slows, a few pupils begin to lose their focus for learning”.

Head teacher Cathryn Andrews said: “The improvements in the school have been the result of a whole community effort with pupils, staff, governors, parents and the REAch2 Academy Trust working together to build a successful academy.

“We are pleased with how far we have come but continue to strive to get even better so that the children of Kemsley get the best possible primary education.”

Recommendations made by Ofsted include: improving marking in writing to the same quality as that for mathematics; and improving outdoor learning experiences for children in early-years provision so they have as many opportunities as possible to practise and develop their language and number skills and accelerate their learning.

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