Plymouth School receives first ‘Good’ Ofsted rating in its history
All Saints Academy in Plymouth celebrates an exceptional year!
The school received its best ever Year 11 outcomes, is significantly over subscribed with Year 7 applications and has now been recognised as ‘Good’ by Ofsted for the first time in the school’s history.
The report, published today, is incredibly positive. Inspectors recognised the school’s rich and interesting curriculum and its “relentless drive to establish a culture in which everyone can fulfil their potential”, reflecting their deep commitment to serving the local community and its families. This Ofsted grading is the culmination of years of hard work and the school are keen to recognise the debt of gratitude to all who have been part of our legacy over the years, in particular the local community in Honicknowle and Ham who have supported the changes the school has made in recent years.
Having joined the Ted Wragg Multi-Academy Trust in January 2021, All Saints Academy, the only Church of England secondary academy in Plymouth, has been supported in its journey of school improvement with investment and advocacy. It works in partnership with 13 partner schools in the Trust to share best practice across all aspects of school life for the benefit of students across the region. In alignment with Trust values, staff were commended by Ofsted for their commitment to social justice and their belief that no child’s future should be limited by economic status. The 2022 results were the best ever for the school, placing it in the top 3 most improved schools in the South West since 2019 when it was last inspected by Ofsted as ‘requiring improvement’.
Moira Marder, CEO of the Ted Wragg Trust said “This report is a testament to the work the amazing team at All Saints has done for several years now. I could not be prouder of this wonderful school and its community, and we know that All Saints will continue to go from strength to strength. We are so excited for the future and All Saints' outstanding partnership with its local schools and across Plymouth.”
Ofsted inspectors who visited the school in March 2023 noted the school’s values of ‘Love, Legacy, and Bravery’ shone through interactions with students, who were described as “bold” and being able to “strike up conversation confidently”. Students also talked about the support they get moving into post-16 destinations, especially around careers and it is clear from the report that pupils “think about the legacy they are building for themselves”.
This ambitious School is already making plans to be ‘Outstanding’. Headteacher Scott Simpson-Horne notes “This Ofsted result is the culmination of an incredible amount of hard work from our students, staff and partners. At All Saints we believe in the transformational power of education and are committed to helping our students achieve their dreams, whether it’s to be the first in their family to go to university or the first to own their own business. I am incredibly proud to lead this school, and look forward to our continued success”.