Pupils 'polite and courteous' at Nottingham school rated good again by Ofsted

School children in polo shirts, shorts or trousers and skirts and dresses holding gold balloon letters spelling out the word "good" and smiling/celebrating at Hogarth Academy, Nottingham
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A Nottingham school has retained its good rating after Ofsted's latest inspection. Hogarth Academy, in the Porchester Road area, was praised for its ambitious curriculum and careful consideration of pupils' development.

Another highlight was the fact that SEN pupils are "fully included in the life of the school," following the same curriculum as their peers, and reading being given "the highest priority," with library monitors taking their roles seriously. Safeguarding arrangements were described as "effective".

Morale is high at the school, attendance is good and school trips are plentiful to seaside towns such as Mablethorpe and to places of worship to "broaden pupils' horizons and promote their understanding of diversity." Staff benefit from high-quality training, which equips them with sound subject knowledge to help pupils learn the most important content.

Ofsted stopped short of giving the school an oustanding rating, with some minor issues such as inconsistency in phonics lessons meaning some pupils cannot read as fluently as they should be able to, and staff not accurately checking what pupils have remembered over time. But the report was generally complimentary.

It said: "Pupils’ behaviour is positive. As soon as children start in the early years, they are explicitly taught how to recognise and manage their emotions. If pupils struggle to make appropriate choices, staff provide suitable support. Pupils are confident to speak to staff if they have any worries. They appreciate the care they receive.

"Pupils enjoy coming to school and they say they feel safe. They participate in a wide range of clubs and activities. Trips and visitors add to the curriculum. Pupils work with the local community and learn to take care of the environment. Staff know pupils and their families well. The school provides a wealth of information to parents to support their child’s learning."

Headteacher Sarah Lee said: “We are very proud of the elements highlighted in the report that show how Hogarth Academy is striving to provide all pupils with the opportunity to flourish.

"My colleagues and I are grateful to all the wonderful parents, carers and families we work with for their cooperation and support, as their engagement is instrumental in helping us to give our pupils the best opportunities to thrive.

“The team at Hogarth is committed to working alongside our colleagues at L.E.A.D. Academy Trust to continue to drive standards forward and ensure the school remains a happy place to learn and work.”