A school in Teesside has described their joy at their first Ofsted report.
Mo Mowlam Academy opened in Redcar in 2019 and is open to children aged 5-16 with social, emotional and mental difficulties.
After education watchdog Ofsted inspected the school on January 19 and 20, they rated the academy “good” in all areas.
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Principal Rachel Glover described how pleased she is with her school’s recent report; and also thanked the staff, students and families who have helped along the way.
She said: “I’m absolutely thrilled! I’m really thrilled that all of our hard work has paid off and that the hard work of staff and students has been recognised.
“We’ve only been open for three years so we’re really pleased with the outcome of our very first Ofsted report since opening at Redcar just before covid kicked off.”
Mo Mowlam Academy was rated “good” in the following areas:
- The quality of teaching
- Behavior and attitudes
- Personal development
- Direction and management
The report states: “Students are valued as individuals and staff encourage them to aim high. The staff is attentive to the specific learning needs of each student. They go the “extra mile” to meet those needs. »
A parent had the opportunity to testify about their child’s learning experience at Mo Mowlam Academy.
The parent commented: “I feel like since my child went to Mo Mowlam, he’s come by leaps and bounds.”
Although they have only been opening their new premises for three years, Rachel and her team have faced many unique issues.
‘Covid was hard as school’
Rachel added: “In three years we had a new school open, a full global pandemic and our student numbers increased by 40%. Covid was tough as a school, we stayed open throughout because our students followed specific educational plans and we made sure that the well-being of the students was regularly respected.
“Ofsted told us we needed development in certain areas such as geography and history, but they took into account the impact of covid and could see our future plans moving forward.”
The ‘good’ Ofsted report also highlights that students at Mo Mowlam Academy feel ‘safe’ at their school, there is little bullying at school and staff feel ‘extremely supported’ by the management team and the director.
Principal Rachel is incredibly proud of her students at school and hopes the recent report can change attitudes towards the school.
She said: “We’ve had a reputation for being a tough school in the past and we hope to change that, we’re not a naughty boy school – we’re much more than that and our Ofsted report reflects the hard work of the students and staff.
Full Ofsted report from Mo Mowlam Academy available here.
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