Outstanding turnaround after decade of poor grades for Daventry school
School students, staff and governors at a Daventry school are celebrating after being graded ‘Good with Outstanding features' at their recent Ofsted inspection.
After ten years of poor grades, The Parker E-Act Academy has finally reached a standard to be proud of.
The school has gone from strength to strength after a damning 'Requires Improvement' rating from Ofsted.
Daventry Mayor Karen Tweedale and Daventry MP Chris Heaton-Harris were guests at the school on Monday to mark the achievement.
But the headteacher Simon Cox was quick to praise the entire school community for their part in outcome.
He also said there is still work to be done.
Mr Cox told The Gusher: "For the first time in the school's history, our children and staff, can proudly say that they attend a Good school with Outstanding elements.
"This is down to student application, family support and staff endeavours but, above all, reflects what I thought was within Daventry, and specifically Parker, when I joined in 2019."
He said the hard work needs to be kept up.
"The job is certainly not finished.," added Mr Cox.
"We need our students to continue to have the highest of aspirations in everything they do. 80% of the 6th form went onto university in September and we want to create an environment where everyone can succeed in whatever is their future profession."
This complete turnaround in performance coincides with a change in management at the school.
The appointment of a new headteacher with a number of staff appointments, saw a new focus that has resulted in the dramatic improvement.
Quality of Education, personal development and sixth-form provision were all rated as good, with behaviour and attitude and leadership and management rated as outstanding.
Daventry Mayor Karen Tweedale said: "I am thrilled with outcome Parker Academy’s Ofsted inspection report. I am aware of the hard work and dedication that has gone into turning the school around. This is great news, not only for The Parker students and its staff but also the local Daventry community and its families of our wonderful town. "
Her words were echord by Daventry MP Chris Heaton-Harris.
He told The Gusher: "“I’m delighted to see the massive and positive change in standards of education and behaviour at the Parker recognised by the Government’s inspectors. It is good to see the massive efforts of the school’s leadership, teaching staff and students bear fruit and I’m proud of all they have achieved so far, thank them for their efforts in the most challenging of times and look forward to watching this amazing transformation continue."