Principal Thomas Neill commented on the inspection findings:

“I am especially proud that the students played such a major role in this fantastic inspection result. Their excellent behaviour, tolerance and respect for each other and the staff was clear for the inspection team to see. I’m also pleased that the efforts of the staff in building a strong curriculum and offering a wide range of extra-curricular activities was fully recognised.

Inspectors were impressed by the ambition and rigour in our curriculum. Since joining the Ambitions Academies Trust, we have significantly enhanced the standard of teaching and learning across the school which is having a positive impact on student achievement. Last year, we achieved significantly improved progress scores, meaning that students are maximising their learning potential whilst at Wey Valley. We remain focussed on driving improvement further to ensure our students benefit from an excellent school experience.

Alongside the focus on the quality of education that we provide for students, I am also pleased that inspectors were able to see our focus on personal development. Our students are leaders and we give them opportunities to develop attributes such as teamwork and communication on a daily basis. Whether taking part in the school’s drama productions, sports fixtures or Duke of Edinburgh programme, our students develop into confident, articulate and ambitious individuals.  It is heartening that our students told the inspectors how much they value these opportunities.

Our simple focus on providing great learning opportunities for students every day is unchanged by this result. We are highly ambitious for our future and we are committed to driving improvements further in order to provide our students with the very best start in life.”

Sarah Longdon, Chair of the Academy Advisory Committee, said:

I’m really proud to share this momentous news, which marks a significant achievement for Wey Valley.  It is testament to the dedication of all the staff and students, with the support of the trust, that they have together achieved this Good rating. This absolutely reflects the important improvements to the performance and culture that are evident around the school.  The committee provides support and challenge to the school in its local governance role, and on behalf of all the committee members I would like to congratulate everyone in the Wey Valley community on this achievement. I very much look forward to continuing to build on this success as we move forwards.