Proud Head of School Brian Janes outside Ian Ramsey CE Academy. (Picture: Keith Blundy)

Ian Ramsey Church of England Academy has proven that it is possible to turn around its fortunes, having been rated as GOOD in all categories by Ofsted in an inspection report about to be published, three years after being put into special measures.

The inspection was the first since the Academy became part of the Dayspring Trust with The Venerable Bede Church of England Academy in Sunderland in 2014. The Dayspring Trust was created in response to an Ofsted inspection in 2014, where Ian Ramsey was put into special measures. The trust has gone from strength to strength with both Academies flourishing and being recognised by Ofsted for all the hard work that has been done. Inspectors commented: “Since the inception of the academy, Year 11 outcomes have rapidly risen” and “Teaching is good.” They also affirmed the good behaviour of pupils and their positive attitudes to learning.

Commenting on the turnaround, Mr Brian Janes, Head of School for Ian Ramsey, said: “Over the last three years Ian Ramsey CE Academy has been focused on developing high standards for all, with a relentless drive to provide the best educational experience for our students and families.”

Mrs Gill Booth, Executive Headteacher, said: “We are delighted that Ian Ramsey CE Academy has been officially recognised as a GOOD school in every category. The report acknowledges the journey that the academy has been on, especially in developing a culture of high expectations and the improvement in the quality of teaching, learning and assessment. These improvements have resulted in strong outcomes for our young people.

“The GOOD judgement is testament to the hard work and commitment of the whole community and I would like to say thank you to our students, staff and families. It really has been a true partnership and the report embodies our mission statement: Together to learn, to grow, to serve.”

The Venerable Stuart Bain, Archdeacon of Sunderland, Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education and Chair of the Dayspring Trust said: “A Good judgement for Ian Ramsey is wonderful news and a result of a huge amount of hard work. As the report says, the Directors are ambitious for our students and their families and we will remain so in the future, seeking the best outcomes for our students, staff and the local community. The work goes on, we want to move from good to outstanding.”

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