Nottinghamshire academy maintains Outstanding Ofsted rating 11 years after last inspection

The Redhill Academy headteacher Mike Hardy and deputy headteacher Jo Giles celebrate with students after receiving their recent Outstanding Ofsted report
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A Nottinghamshire academy has maintained its Outstanding Ofsted rating 11 years after the watchdog's last inspection. Following a two-day visit, inspectors judged The Redhill Academy in Arnold to be Outstanding in all areas of education.

They observed a ‘culture of aspiration and inclusion’ where ‘students thrive’, supported by staff who ‘proudly share the school’s ambitious vision for all pupils to achieve well.’ "Students achieve exceptionally well," inspectors wrote, adding: "They are very well prepared for their next stages in education and beyond."

The Redhill Academy was the founding school within Redhill Academy Trust, which comprises 16 academies across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. The school has 1583 students on roll aged 11 – 18, including 300 at Redhill Sixth Form.

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The latest Outstanding rating is the third consecutive one the school has received in the past 15 years. Inspectors said: "The school is rightly proud to provide an exceptional education for its students.

"Staff, school leaders, governors and the multi-academy trust are ambitious. They all support the school’s vision to continue to refine and strengthen its provision even further."

Andrew Burns, Chief Executive of Redhill Academy Trust, commented: "I am so pleased that the exceptional education The Redhill Academy provides to its local community continues to be recognised by Ofsted. The academy has now been given three consecutive ‘outstanding’ judgements stretching over a period of fifteen years.

"This is an incredible achievement. My congratulations go out to all the staff and students at this very special school."

Headteacher, Mike Hardy, said: "This ‘outstanding’ judgement is just a reward for the hard work, energy, commitment and team spirit of our students, staff and parents across the Redhill community. We are proud that our focus on all our students achieving their very best, both within and outside the classroom, has been so clearly recognised."

Inspectors commended Redhill students for the way they conducted themselves around school, which is "calm and orderly" and provides lessons that are "purposeful and free from distractions". Students are also "polite, respectful, and tolerant", wearing their uniform proudly.

The inspection team acknowledged that "high expectations and routines support students to develop highly positive attitudes to learning," also noting that many students "enthusiastically" took on roles of responsibility, supporting the school and the wider community. Staff were described as "committed and passionate" and "experts" in their fields, delivering the curriculum "consistently well".

"Staff enjoy working at the school and feel very well supported," inspectors said. Outside the classroom, students at Redhill have "many opportunities to pursue their talents and interests", thanks to the academy’s "extremely broad enrichment and extra-curricular programme".

Attracting specific praise was The Redhill Academy’s "exceptionally broad and ambitious" academic curriculum. Pupils with SEND are very well supported to enjoy the same ambitious curriculum as their peers.

Equality also features prominently in the "exceptional" PSHE curriculum (personal, social and health education) alongside British values. "Students learn how to maintain good physical health and positive relationships, and know how to keep themselves safe in the modern world," inspectors said.

Post-16 provision at Redhill Sixth Form and its satellite vocational centre at The Oakwood Academy also came under inspection, with the team concluding that students are "well prepared for the demands of future learning and careers" through "demanding subject curriculums" and students being "challenged to gain a depth of knowledge and skills".

This includes student leadership opportunities where they "represent their peers" and "contribute to organising a range of projects that benefit all students".