Ilkeston school praised for progress but ‘requires improvement’

Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy.
Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy.

Staff and pupils at an Ilkeston school have been praised for their ‘sustained improvement’ but told that more progress needs to be made.

Ofsted inspectors have visited Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy (OIEA) and praised its good teaching in every subject, the progress of students and strong leadership.

Their report praises the leadership of academy principal Nia Salt who inspectors say has successfully tackled ‘long-standing issues’ which had previously prevented the academy from progressing.

Students told inspectors ‘how much the school had changed for the better’ since Miss Salt joined the academy 18 months ago, as well as parents and carers ‘valuing her work to improve the academy’.

Miss Salt said: “Ofsted has recognised the progress that we have achieved at the academy since the last inspection, which is testament to the hard work and dedicated of our staff and students.

“At OIEA, we are committed to ensuring all of our students have the opportunities required to fulfil their potential and achieve highly.

“We will be working hard to continue to build on the improvements recognised in the report, to ensure that the academy is delivering the very best education possible.”

However, despite praising the positive progress which has been made, Ofsted’s overall report says the academy ‘Requires Improvement’.

Tuesday Humby, regional director north, Ormiston Academies Trust, said: “I’m pleased to see that the positive progress being made by the whole school community at OIEA has been recognised by Ofsted, and OAT will be continuing to work with the academy to support its journey of improvement going forward.”

Inspectors highlighted how the academy’s plan for improvement strategically focuses on key areas, with leaders being ‘determined to improve outcomes for students, particularly for those who are disadvantaged’.

Student outcomes in last year’s GCSE exams showed better progress than previously, particularly in subjects they had opted to study, and inspectors recognised that ‘student progress is continuing to approve’ at the academy.

The report also praised the academy’s work to promote students’ personal development and welfare as being ‘good’.

It says the academy’s work to promote students’ personal development and welfare is ‘good’. And the report notes that staff care well for students’ physical and emotional well-being, with the pastoral system supporting all students with ‘high standards of care’.