Clarendon pupils and staff celebrate Ofsted inspection success

Wiltshire Times: Clarendon Academy headteacher Mark Stenton, deputy head Catherine Szabo and pupils celebrate the school's Ofsted success. Picture by Glenn Phillips Clarendon Academy headteacher Mark Stenton, deputy head Catherine Szabo and pupils celebrate the school's Ofsted success. Picture by Glenn Phillips

Clarendon Academy pupils and staff are celebrating after receiving a “good” Ofsted inspection which rated the behaviour and safety of pupils and the leadership and management as “outstanding”.

The school in Trowbridge, which was visited by inspectors on May 22-23, was being inspected for the first time since it converted to an academy in December 2012, when it was also judged to be good.

Inspectors found that the school’s teaching is “at least good and some is outstanding” and the strong focus on students’ progress has created a climate where they want to succeed and “achieve their best”.

The report also said students’ achievement is “good and rapidly improving” and the progress made in English and mathematics is good. It added that students have a “thirst for knowledge”.

Principal Mark Stenton said: “I want to congratulate all of the amazing students and staff that make up the fantastic school that is Clarendon Academy, and all at The Education Fellowship who support us relentlessly.

“The excellent report from 2012 has been built upon in the last 18 months with leadership and management once again graded as ‘outstanding’. 

"Inspectors said that all Clarendon leaders ‘share high expectations of staff and students.’ This makes me immensely proud.

“The culture we have built at the academy over the last three years has now delivered a behaviour and safety grading of ‘outstanding’ also.

"The first role of a school is to ensure safety and harmony so that children can thrive. Clarendon delivers this at the highest level.

“I am also thrilled that the superb work of our teachers was recognised.

"We work relentlessly to achieve excellence in the classroom and the school is now on course to achieve ‘outstanding’ as a grading for teaching and achievement.”

The report said Clarendon Academy was not yet an “outstanding” school because teachers’ questioning does not involve all students at times, while marking does not always help students to make progress.

Mr Stenton added: “We are determined to build and build on this great achievement. The aim now is to get outstanding in all areas and the school is close to achieving that.”

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1:02pm Wed 18 Jun 14

WiltsCanary1972 says...

Brilliant news for a Trowbridge School. Well done to all for seeing the fruits of their labour
Brilliant news for a Trowbridge School. Well done to all for seeing the fruits of their labour WiltsCanary1972
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1:17pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Elboo1992 says...

Yes indeed. Well done Clarendon! Perhaps Stenton has redeemed himself after all?
Yes indeed. Well done Clarendon! Perhaps Stenton has redeemed himself after all? Elboo1992
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1:59pm Wed 18 Jun 14

D@ve says...

Elboo1992 wrote:
Yes indeed. Well done Clarendon! Perhaps Stenton has redeemed himself after all?
I don't think his qualities as a Principal were ever in doubt. It's just a shame other person matters put a blotch on his CV.

The progress being made at this school and the results of students speak for themselves. A well made decision not to remove him.

Well done to all and keep the good work up.
[quote][p][bold]Elboo1992[/bold] wrote: Yes indeed. Well done Clarendon! Perhaps Stenton has redeemed himself after all?[/p][/quote]I don't think his qualities as a Principal were ever in doubt. It's just a shame other person matters put a blotch on his CV. The progress being made at this school and the results of students speak for themselves. A well made decision not to remove him. Well done to all and keep the good work up. D@ve
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