Staff at the newly launched Newmarket Academy are hoping its new status will see it shrug off the ‘special measures’ imposed by government inspectors.
And according to its latest monitoring report published after an inspector’s visit last month, the former college is continuing to make progress in all areas. The Exning Road school’s new status sees it become part of a trust built around the Ofsted ‘outstanding’ rated Trust Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill.
Trust chief executive Howard Lay said: “This is an important stage in the improvement journey of Newmarket College. Newmarket Academy will become a school the local community will be proud of, a school that supports the aspirations of its young people, their skills and abilities and strong academic achievement. We will support the academy in that journey, but we will also challenge and test performance because that is the way to success.”
A number of changes have already been introduced for the new academic year in September including new school uniforms.
Nick Froy, acting head, said: “I am confident that the Trust will help us to accelerate the transformation of the Academy without losing the unique Newmarket identity.”
He said the recent Ofsted monitoring report was ‘very encouraging’, but added “We are under no illusion that we have more work to do. We remain determined to ensure that we build on this progress, implement Mr Middleton’s recommendations and as we become an Academy on July 1st secure even more support from colleagues at Samuel Ward.”