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Ofsted Inspection - 30th January 2019Ofsted Good GP Colour

We are very pleased to be able to share with you the letter from Ofsted congratulating the school on its latest inspection.  The full letter can be viewed below but we thought it would be helpful to provide a summary of the key points.

Capital City Academy is a GOOD school.  Ofsted state “This school continues to be good. You and your leadership team have maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection.”

This was a Section 8 inspection which means that new gradings cannot be given and so we are extremely pleased with this outcome.  Schools that remain good are inspected approximately every four years to check whether they are still good.  If not, a full inspection can be carried out.

The inspection team were particularly complimentary about our ‘Capital Community’.  Ofsted state “Pupils and staff know that you are building the ‘Capital Community’ – a sense of belonging and mutually respectful, inclusive relationships – and are positive about this. The staff survey shows that the overwhelming majority of staff believe the school has improved since the last inspection and are proud to work there. They believe it is safe, well managed and well led.”

The work we are doing at Capital always has the wellbeing, academic progress and future success of our students at its core and therefore we were particularly proud of the following statements from Ofsted: “Leaders ensure a strong culture of safeguarding which prioritises the safety of pupils. As a result, pupils feel safe and know how to keep themselves safe, both in the local area and online. Your behaviour logs and incident reports agree with pupils’ view that bullying and prejudicial behaviour is rare in the school and is dealt with effectively. Teachers skilfully develop pupils’ understanding by asking probing questions. As a result, pupils deepen their understanding of challenging concepts…..samples of most-able pupils’ work showed extended writing and deeper analysis in response to challenging teacher comments.”

We know that there are always areas in which we can improve but we are thrilled that Ofsted have endorsed our approach, recognised our successes, confirmed that we are on the right trajectory to take Capital to Outstanding.  This has given us the confidence to continue to strive hard in all these areas because the work we do is having an impact for our young people and in our community.

Please do read the full letter and share our good news with those you know in our local community as we build our Capital Community for the next four years and beyond.

Marianne Jeanes, Principal

The full letter can be dowloaded below or seen on the Ofsted website here:

Ofsted Inspection Outcome Letter - March 2019

Academy Priorities 21-22

The Academy’s Trustees, Leadership Team and staff are very ambitious for its students and drive to improve Capital even further. We will build on the many strengths of the Academy which, we believe, provides an exceptional environment for learning. This includes a robust and challenging Action Plan based around the following Academy priorities for 2021-22:

Quality of Education

  1. Improve quality of teaching to secure better student progress.
  2. Address areas of underperformance to improve progress and attainment.

Behaviour and Attitudes

  1. Develop self-motivated and self-disciplined students who take ownership of their learning.
  2. Maintain high standards in attendance and improve punctuality.

Personal Development

  1. Develop character and aspiration; improve student awareness of a range of future pathways.

Leadership and Management

  1. Support the well-being and mental health of all within our school community whilst delivering a recovery curriculum.
  2. Make Capital City Academy the first choice for the local community.