Ofsted reports

Inspected on 6th February 2018, Parkwood E-ACT Academy continues to be a good academy according to Ofsted .

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Ofsted on Headteacher Victoria Simcock

Since her appointment in September 2016, Victoria is described as being ‘unswerving’ in her determination to improve the life chances of her students by ‘raising expectations across the board’. Inspectors note that students speak very highly of the difference she has made in raising the bar and inspiring them to do as well as they can. As a result, students are now making much stronger progress. Inspectors have also praised the ‘consistently strong teaching’
at the academy, with standards in mathematics having risen and now in the top 20% of academies and schools for pupil progress, and standards in English and geography also high.

‘You were not afraid to challenge staff and raise expectations to establish your non-negotiable requirements of staff .’

Steve Shaw Her Majesty’s Inspector

Ofsted on safeguarding at the academy

Through their conversations with Parkwood students, inspectors note that students feel safe at the academy and that there are now very few incidences of bullying.


Ofsted on progress at the academy

Inspectors note that there is strong progress by most students at the academy across subject areas. In English, students are developing into confident writers across different year groups, and in geography the teachers’ insistence that students use technically precise language in class has enabled them to deepen their understanding and skills.

Parkwood students are noted as  making strong progress from their starting points despite joining the academy typically below the national average for attainment. Furthermore, disadvantaged students and those who have special educational needs(SEN) and/or disabilities are making swift progress.


‘You have built  a team of senior and subject  leaders who share the same determination as you; that pupils will achieve as highly as they are capable . As a result, pupils’ progress is accelerating.’

Steve Shaw Her Majesty’s Inspector



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