Cambridgeshire school where pupils are 'positive citizens' celebrates improved Ofsted rating

St Ivo Academy has been given a 'good' rating by Ofsted
-Credit: (Image: St Ivo Academy)


A Cambridgeshire school has seen its Ofsted rating go from 'requires improvement' to 'good' following an inspection earlier this year. St Ivo Academy in St Ives has been rated as 'good' in every category in a report published on Friday (May 31).

The school, which is part of Astrea Academy Trust, was previously rated as 'requires improvement' by the education regulator following an inspection in 2021. The 2021 report found that there was some 'poorer behaviour' from some pupils who did not "show respect for others".

The most recent report found that the school has made 'positive changes' which have improved pupils' experiences. It noted that pupils behave well in lessons and on campus, have positive relationships with teachers, and produce work of good quality.

Inspectors said: "The school is determined that all pupils will achieve highly. To ensure this, it has developed a broad and ambitious curriculum. This curriculum is for all, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). The school has identified the important knowledge that pupils need to know to be successful."

Inspectors found that there is a well-planned personal development programme for all pupils which helps them "become positive citizens". However, the extracurricular offer is 'limited', meaning "some pupils miss the opportunity to enjoy different experiences and to broaden their individual horizons, talents and interests".

Staff at St Ivo Academy celebrated their new Ofsted rating
Staff at St Ivo Academy celebrated their new Ofsted rating -Credit:St Ivo Academy

The report notes that some parents and pupils do not agree with recent changes to behaviour policies, describing them as 'overly strict'. It added: "While many parents are happy with the school and experiences of their children there are a number of stakeholders, including parents, who are unhappy, particularly with the trust.

"In these cases, they feel that several aspects of the school's provision are less than acceptable. Inspection findings confirm that the school, and the trust, take parental, pupil and staff views seriously."

To improve, the report said plans for SEND pupils need to be more precise with specific learning goals. It also needs to "ensure that there is a coherently planned programme of extra-curricular and enrichment activities made accessible to all pupils".

Tony Meneaugh, the incoming principal of St Ivo Academy in St Ives
Tony Meneaugh, principal of St Ivo Academy -Credit:St Ivo Academy

Tony Meneaugh, Principal at St Ivo Academy, said: "This is a fantastic achievement by our staff, students, parents and carers at St Ivo, being officially recognised as a good school. Everyone has contributed to this success through their hard work and determination and I’m really proud to be leading St Ivo on to even better things. I look forward to building a wider enrichment offer for students as part of our journey to become one of the best schools in the country."

Rowena Hackwood, CEO for Astrea Academy Trust said: "Very well done to Tony, the staff team, pupils and the wider community. Without their hard work we would not have been able to share such positive news from Ofsted. We want to offer students the best possible education we can and I am exceptionally proud to support everyone at St Ivo."

You can read the full report here.