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Letter To Parents Regarding Ofsted Monitoring Visit

Letter home to parents regarding recent Ofsted monitoring inspection


Dear Parents / Carers

I am pleased to inform you that the academy’s most recent Ofsted monitoring inspection has now been published and is available for you to view via our website.

Ofsted Monitoring Visit – 7th May 2014:

The purpose of this initial monitoring visit was to assess whether our action plans and sponsor’s statement of action are what Ofsted describe as ‘fit for purpose’. I am pleased to report that our lead inspector was most impressed with action plans at all levels noting that “Action plans include clear measures of success that help leaders and the progress board evaluate the impact of actions.”

The inspector reviewed the changes we have made to staffing in order to further focus on improving the quality of learning and teaching. These roles include the appointment of Mr Riley as Senior Vice Principal, Mr Smith and Ms Garcia to Vice Principal, as well as the appointment of three new Assistant Principals: Miss Silvester, Mrs Barratt and Mr Lloyd Jones. The Ofsted report notes that “New leadership roles focus on the right priorities for improvement, with clear lines of accountability aimed at securing and accelerating the recent improvements in students’ achievement.”

Just as we found in our April DFE inspection, during the May Ofsted inspection, the lead inspector was hugely complimentary of the academy’s progress since January: “The Principal is determined and ambitious for the academy. She has wasted no time in implementing well-devised plans and monitoring programmes that help and challenge teachers and support staff to improve their performance.”

The report also noted that “The monitoring of teaching and students’ progress is systematic and robust with checking systems in place to set realistic and challenging targets for students and staff” and that “The combination of new staff appointments and redefined leadership roles are strengthening the teaching.”


Significant changes have occurred in the Mathematics department over the last term. Miss Boucher, Mr Dhaliwal and Mr Marshall left the academy to begin new roles elsewhere. Miss Silvester joined us in April as Assistant Principal leading on Mathematics and Numeracy, as well as Mrs Salter who joined as KS3 Mathematics Leader. We have also been fortunate enough to appoint two outstanding Mathematics Learning and Teaching Leaders for September as well as an additional Mathematics teacher to the team. Miss Bleakley has been appointed as Mathematics instructor to support small group intervention and further strengthen the team.

Sponsorship by Ormiston Academies Trust:
Our proposed move to be fully sponsored by Ormiston Academies Trust is well underway and on track to be in place for the 1st September. This will see the academy having a slight name change to become ‘Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy’ and will allow us access to a wider range of educational support services to support academy improvement.

Rewards and Recognition

One aspect of Mr Lloyd-Jones’ new role is to develop the praise and rewards culture within the academy. Our Rewards and Recognition event, different from the Autumn term Awards Ceremony, will be a celebration of students’ achievements here at Shelfield both inside and outside of the classroom. The event takes place on 9th July and you will be informed shortly if your child is involved. The Principal’s All Stars will be nominated fortnightly and they can be viewed on our new and improved website that will be launching in the very near future. The first nomination goes to the Y10 students taking part in a 342 mile fitness suite activity to raise money for the National Autistic Society.

I want to also take this opportunity to recognize our Under 18’s football team who won the Walsall School’s Cup this month, beating St Francis 3-1 to become the champions!

Our half termly newsletter continues to be published online reporting on a tremendous amount of achievements by students. However, we are soon to launch a fortnightly brief paper newsletter too, to help keep you more up to date with academy life.
The last day of term for students will be Friday, 18th July. The academy day will end at 12.15pm with coaches leaving site at 12.30pm.
Thank you once again for your continued support.

Yours sincerely
Paula Ward

Key Dates:
24th June – Academy Sports Day
26th June – Progress Review Day – Students’ attend for Progress Review meetings only
27th June – Academy INSET Day – Academy is closed for students
27th June – Y11 Prom
9th July – Recognition Evening
18th July – Term ends, finish time 12.15pm