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A school’s ‘exceptional’ pastoral care, ‘strong moral purpose’, ‘calm and orderly’ behaviour and ‘ambitious’ curriculum were all praised by an inspector.

Bourne Academy was again graded ‘good’ by Ofsted - with a report published last week following a two-day visit in May.

Leaders at the Edinburgh Crescent school, which is part of the South Lincolnshire Academies Trust, were delighted with the positive words from Ofsted.

Matt Sammy, head of school at Bourne Academy, and Lucy Conley, South Lincolnshire Academies Trust executive headteacher (57513766)
Matt Sammy, head of school at Bourne Academy, and Lucy Conley, South Lincolnshire Academies Trust executive headteacher (57513766)

Lucy Conley, the trust’s executive headteacher, said: “It has been four years since the last Ofsted inspection and, as a school, we have been looking forward to the inspection for Bourne Academy to be recognised for the progress it has made as part of the multi academy trust.

“I have been overwhelmed by the positive comments made by our students - as after all, it is their school.

“For students to say how proud they are of the school, that they can talk easily to staff, feel listened to and able about to focus on their learning shows how we are doing the best for our students.”

In this inspection, there was a ‘deep dive’ into the English curriculum - and the report praised Bourne Academy’s ‘strong culture of reading’ - highlighting the ‘Reading Ambassador’ initiative where sixth form students help younger pupils.

The inspector’s report said: “Pupils recognise that the staff want the best for them. Everyone understands the school’s vision, which focuses on ‘aspire, challenge, achieve’.

“Staff work hard to raise the aspirations and achievements of all.”

Bourne Academy. Photo Alan Bennett (57586914)
Bourne Academy. Photo Alan Bennett (57586914)

Ofsted said the school could improve further by ensuring its curriculum was ‘as ambitious’ for design and technology as other subjects.

Matt Sammy, the academy’s recently-appointed head of school, said: “The announcement that Bourne Academy remains a good school is a testament to the fantastic commitment and dedication from our students and staff. As a school we encourage students of all abilities to have high aspirations by challenging them to achieve their potential in all areas of school life.

“I would like to thank all of the students, parents and staff who contributed to the Ofsted inspection as this allowed the inspectors to see a true reflection of our marvellous school and what life is like as a Bourne Academy student.”

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