High standards and family feel praised by Ofsted
Published on 19/01/17
School inspectors have given Cromer Academy a glowing report, praising its family atmosphere and high standards.
Ofsted gave the school the top Outstanding ranking in two of four areas - the school's leadership and pupils' development and welfare - with an overall ranking of Good.
The top scores come hot on the heels of last summer's record GCSE results, which were the academy's highest since opening in 2011.
A team of four inspectors visited the school in December, spending time in 40 lessons and meeting up with students, parents, and staff.
Their detailed report praises principal Dr Geoff Baker's "inspirational leadership" and quotes repeatedly from parents supporting the school's "transformational" senior team.
One parent is quoted as saying: "The teachers really will go the extra mile because they know and care about each and every child."
The report says that pupils and parents are a "powerful force for change in the school", with the student council making a real difference to academy life.
It says pupils "are rightly proud of their school, work hard and are courteous, tolerant and respectful to adults and each other" and that "parents, almost universally, hold the school in the highest regard".
Inspectors said the academy's curriculum is well-planned and effective, with high expectations a "hallmark of good teaching".
They noted that GCSE grades continue to increase and are above the national average, with almost twice as many pupils achieving the English Baccalaureate - the Government's measure of a broad mix of subjects - in 2016 than in the previous year.
The Ofsted inspection is the first since the academy joined the Inspiration Trust family of schools in September 2013, with Dr Baker joining as principal shortly after.
The Trust has backed a number of improvements at the school, spending more than £500,000 on new computers and study areas, improved social spaces, and general refurbishment.
Principal Dr Baker said: "This is a tremendous and powerful report that really captures everything that we have been working for at Cromer Academy.
"We have a remarkable community of students, parents, and staff that work hard together to make every single child feel comfortable and to bring out the best in them.
"It is absolutely fitting that Ofsted have recognised the family feel of the school, as from everything from our exam results to our sports teams and our school productions, we work to support each other, just like a family. I couldn't be prouder."