Ofsted Report: Inspection 19th and 20th March 2019

Dear Parents and Carers

You should have recieved a paper-based copy of our latest Ofsted report following the recent inspection in March.  The full report will also be published on the Ofsted website.  The report is thorough and highlights strengths in our new curriculum, as well as the work done recently with the David Ross Education Trust in terms of the leadership and development of the academy.

Overall, Ofsted determined that the school “Requires Improvement”, yet I feel that the tone of their detailed report is encouraging and the inspectors’ assessments and analyses are promising.

The inspectors found many positive strengths within the school and were satisfied that “pupils are safeguarded effectively. They say they feel safe in school.”  They also commented that myself, the senior leadership team, the David Ross Education Trust, and our governors are “determined to turn the school around” and they went on to say that “there are emerging signs that things have begun to head in the right direction”.  With only a fortnight in post as Acting Principal at the time of the visit, I would, of course, have preferred the inspection to occur once some of the changes I have implemented had begun to make more of an impact.

For all that, I was pleased to read that Ofsted recognised that change is already underway and remarked that I had “steadied the ship”, going on to say that I had “begun to harness the commitment and good will of the staff to improve outcomes for pupils.”

I believe that we can earn back our former judgement of “good”, and will work tirelessly to do this.  It is obviously very disappointing for all members of staff that the outcome of the inspection has found that the school requires improvement and will undoubtedly be very disappointing for you as parents also.  However, it must be said that all of our staff are fully committed to providing the best possible education for our students at Havelock Academy. 

With the publication of the report, now is the time to look forward and continue to address the issues that you as parents are most concerned about to ensure the best possible outcomes for all of the young people in our care.  I am delighted that I am now in a position where I can positively influence the future success of Havelock Academy because I know there is the potential for further marked improvement and I can assure all parents and carers that we are well on our way to becoming a great school.

If you would like to discuss any of the information in the report then please attend one of our new Parents’ Surgeries which are being set up in response to requests from a number of parents.  Myself, or a member of my senior leadership team should I be out of the academy, will be available to meet with parents every Thursday morning between 8.00am and 8.45am.  No appointment is required.  In due course I will publish a series of dates for monthly evening sessions for any parents who are not available in the mornings due to other commitments.

I would like to thank you for your ongoing help and support and I should also like to end by thanking our wonderful students whose appetite for change, thirst for knowledge, and sheer enthusiasm for Havelock Academy make it a wonderful place to work and study.

Yours faithfully


Ms E Marshall