A WEARSIDE school has pulled off a massive turn-around in just a year.
Sixteen months ago Red House Academy was issued with a notice to improve by Ofsted, following an inspection which rated the school as inadequate overall.
Now, following another inspection the Rutherglen Road academy has been given a clean bill of health and rated good with some outstanding features.
The multimillion pound academy, headed by Dr Therese Quincey, was opened in 2009, sponsored by the Leighton Group, Sunderland City Council and the University of Sunderland.
In the latest report, inspectors said: “This is a good school. Students’ achievement is good. From often low starting points, students make good progress to reach national averages on a number of measures.
“The school’s performance against national averages is rising strongly year on year.
“Students’ behaviour is outstanding. Their excellent attitudes to learning create a purposeful atmosphere in lessons, so that all are able to concentrate and do their best.
“Students have been convinced that the key to success is hard work and happily rise to the challenges set by their teachers.”
The inspectors said teachers have high expectations that students will work hard, there is inspirational leadership by the principal and strong support from leaders and governors.
A delighted Dr Quincey, said: “This judgement validates to parents that the academy has a great staff, it knows what it is doing and it cares deeply for their children.
“We have an outstanding pastoral team that focuses on any support a child needs to engage, to learn and to succeed.
“We know this is appreciated by parents and students alike and we are grateful for their support. This report recognises the children of our catchment. That is reward enough for me.
“Inevitably, we were disappointed with the March 2012 Ofsted decision which blighted what had been year on year improvement. Our commitment to parents then was to overcome the barriers we were facing and recover with speed. Naturally, we feel our commitment has been vindicated.”
Dr Quincey said the academy’s journey to excellence has had its up and downs, but the Ofsted report is well-deserved and confirms the school is firmly on track to begin the next stage of its improvement agenda.