‘Good’ rating at new academy

St John Houghton headteacher Joan McCarthy.
St John Houghton headteacher Joan McCarthy.

A Kirk Hallam school has maintained its ‘good’ rating from Ofsted following its first inspection since it became an academy and installed a new headteacher.

St John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy was praised by inspectors for good progress and achievement.

Headteacher Joan McCarthy, who took over in September 2012 five months after it became an academy, was said to be ‘ambitious’ and has set ‘high expectations’ of staff and students.

A spokesman for the Abbot Road school said they were ‘delighted’ with the rating.

“We are particularly pleased for our staff, students and parents who have been recognised for their commitment to working in partnership – ensuring that the academy has continued to go from strength to strength over the last year,” he said.

“This inspection report is a sound platform for continued improvement as we work towards an outstanding judgement in the future,” he added.