Sheffield-based secondary school Ecclesfield School has been praised by Ofsted for being a “friendly, welcoming school” and providing a “wide range of subjects”.
Ofsted found Ecclesfield School to be a “good” school following its two-day inspection in May. This was the school’s first routine inspection since converting to an academy with Minerva Learning Trust in 2017.
Headteacher of Ecclesfield School Richard Walkden said: “We are delighted that Ofsted has recognised the hard work and grit of our school and our Trust. The last few years have been challenging but we have pulled together and not only have we survived, but we have thrived.”
He continued: “The report is a true reflection of the great work currently going on at Ecclesfield School and Minerva Learning Trust. We have all pulled together to ensure we are offering the best, most effective experience we can for our young people. However, we are not complacent, and we will continue raising our standards. Our report is now an integral asset to our School Improvement Strategy and will assist us as we work towards becoming an Outstanding school”.
Ofsted attended the non-selective mixed secondary school for two days in May. They conducted their inspection by assessing lessons, viewing workbooks and lesson plans. Ofsted also spoke to the staff, and students and surveyed parents to understand the community's views. Following this thorough investigation of performance, it was agreed that Ecclesfield was a good school in all areas.
In their findings, Ofsted noted that “Pupils are kept safe and learn well in this friendly, welcoming school. Four core values are evident in everything that happens: work hard, be kind, aim high and show grit. Pupils are keen to do well. They enjoy sharing their knowledge and their achievements”.
They also praised the “range of extra-curricular activities to choose from, including boxing and art club.”
The report continued: “there is a particularly strong performing arts offer. Pupils speak proudly about the school productions”.
Bev Matthews is CEO of Minerva Learning Trust which sponsors Ecclesfield School. She said: “I am extremely proud of the results of the inspection. The report is very positive and highlights the many strengths of the school. With every report, there are elements to work on, but we know that with the fantastic team and Richard Walkden’s leadership we will continue to improve.”
“Ecclesfield School has been a wonderful asset to Minerva Learning Trust. They are keen to collaborate and offer support to our partner schools. Their engagement and willingness to work alongside our School Improvement team is commendable.”
“At Minerva Learning Trust we place great emphasis on Working Together and Learning Together to be Outstanding Together – we believe that by working collaboratively, we ensure the best, most rounded educational programme for our young people that will leave nobody behind.”
Minerva Learning Trust is looking to add enthusiastic individuals to Governing Boards. Anybody interested in joining should visit the Trust’s website www.minervalearningtrust.co.uk for more information.