Our most recent Ofsted inspection (11th and 12th July 2023)
This report has given Wayland Academy an overall grade of ‘Good'. This means that Wayland Academy is now out of Requires Improvement.
The inspectors’ report is much more than a snapshot from a two day visit. It is the culmination of numerous significant improvements that have been made since our last inspection in 2019.
‘[Pupils] learn through well-established pedagogical teaching approaches. They benefit from the high levels of consistency in how staff behave and in what staff require from them.’
- Pupils can join in with a broad and increasing range of activities outside lessons. There are multiple sports clubs and a recently re-introduced school production.
- Reading is central to leaders’ thinking. They have put in place a range of approaches to help those who struggle to read. Some pupils follow a phonics programme. All pupils read regularly in school and teachers are trained in how to help pupils to read in their subjects. Pupils’ reading is successfully enhanced as a result.
- Pupils know what to expect and how to behave. They generally treat others with respect and listen and work well in lessons.
- Pupils’ school experience is a safe and positive one.
- [Leaders] have worked effectively to ensure pupils understand the choices they have for their future education and careers.
- School and trust leaders form a strong and cohesive team which has driven, and continues to secure, school improvement.
What we need to do to improve further
We recognise that we need to continue improving. An important positive to come out of this inspection is that Ofsted says we have appropriate strategies in place to do this. For example:
- We can further improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment by ensuring our strategy for increasing the effectiveness of teaching becomes fully established across all years and subjects.
Parents can give their views on the academy using Ofsted's Parent View website.