Tapton School Academy Trust

Forge Valley School taking positive action following Ofsted Inspection

"Senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle areas requiring improvement in order for the school to become good" a new Ofsted inspection has found.

The comments follow a monitoring inspection report published on 11th July 2018, after the school was rated 'requires improvement' in April 2017.

The inspectors highlighted improvements in the effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment and pupils personal development, behaviour and welfare.

The report commented that 'staff are motivated, energised and keen to take ownership' and that pupils were responding confidently to the changes 'taking pride in their work.'

Headteacher, Dale Barrowclough, said: "This is a very positive report recognising that Forge Valley continues to improve. The report justifies our improved community reputation, leading to Forge Valley being oversubscribed from September."

The report recommends further action in attendance, action planning and school to school partnerships in order to become 'good.'

Dale continued: "The school has capacity to continue this improvement and the team are fully committed to continuing the journey towards a 'good' Ofsted judgement."

Forge Valley School is an inclusive secondary school and forms part of Tapton School Academy Trust. Since it became part of the trust in September 2014 the school has begun to benefit from support in teaching, learning and assessment and the provision of professional development opportunities, a collaborative approach that is recognised in the Ofsted report.

David Dennis, CEO and Director of Secondaries for the trust said: "We are delighted that our trust is collaborating and supporting the rapid improvement at Forge Valley as we endeavour to realise the life chances and dreams of every student."

Key Facts:
- Monitoring visits may take place at schools rated 'requires improvement' on their last full inspection
- The school will usually have a full re-inspection after around 2 years
- Tapton School Academy Trust (TSAT) was established in 2011 and is a charitable company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity
- The trust encompasses eight academies, 5 primary and 3 secondary, and has over 6000 learners from 3 to 19 years.