Alleyne’s Academy has been praised by Ofsted for all aspects of the education it provides to the pupils of Stone and the surrounding areas.
Headteacher Karen Lockett has commended pupils, staff and governors for the excellent report following the Ofsted inspection in April 2016.
The Ofsted report – which rates the school as ‘good’ – refers to the strong academic progress made by pupils and the 2015 GCSE results where 70% of Y11 pupils achieved five GCSEs graded A* to C, including English and mathematics, compared to a national average of 56%.
A particular emphasis was made to the ethos of care and support which pervades the school, along with a shared determination that pupils should succeed academically and develop into rounded young people.
During the inspection, the Ofsted team spoke to pupils in the main school and the sixth form and were told that “teachers are approachable, helpful, caring and supportive”.
Safeguarding of pupils was considered to be particularly strong and one pupil commented: “At Alleyne’s you can be who you are. You don’t have to change to fit in.”
Pupils’ behaviour was commended, in and out of lessons, and Ofsted commented that pupils were thoughtful, courteous and polite to their peers and to adults, as well as demonstrating excellent attitudes to learning in lessons.
The report states: “Leadership provides a crystal-clear vision for high-quality education at Alleyne’s that incorporates academic success alongside personal development. Staff, parents and pupils share this vision and it is evident in all aspects of the school’s work.”