In its first Ofsted inspection since opening in September 2017, Highfield Littleport Academy in Littleport, Ely has been rated ‘Good’ in all areas.

The academy, which is part of The Active Learning Trust, is an area Special School providing education with specific educational needs.

The report, which was published following a visit from Ofsted inspectors in March 2022, praised Highfield Littleport Academy for its “wide variety of experiences to enhance pupils’ learning” and “well considered curriculum.”

The report stated: “There are a wide variety of experiences to enhance pupils’ learning and for them to enjoy. Activities such as learning outdoors, links with the mainstream school for some lessons for pupils in KS4, and residential visits are available.”

It continued: “Leaders have implemented a typically well considered curriculum. Leaders have taken account of what pupils need to know and be able to do to be successful when they leave school. Pupils’ learning covers a wide range of subjects and experiences and is planned in suitably small steps so that pupils’ needs are met.”

Yvonne Skillern, Head of School at Highfield Littleport Academy, said: “We are delighted with the report and subsequent rating of Good from Ofsted. This is a reflection of a number of years’ hard work from all of the team.

“Since opening we have managed growth in school numbers, developed an engaging and individualised curriculum for our learners as well as navigating our way through a global pandemic.

“The report demonstrates that we know our school well and areas for improvement are already on our school development plan and underway.”

“The report is testament to all the effort and enthusiasm of a staff, and I want to thank everyone who has played a part in our success.”

Pupil support was also highlighted as a strength following the visit. The report acknowledged: “Pupils are well supported in lessons. Pupils are in different learning ‘pathways’ which ensure their individual educational, social and communication needs are met. These pathways are designed around the abilities, ages and stages of pupils’ learning. Pupils grow in confidence and gain the skills they need. Many pupils who may not have enjoyed their previous educational experiences do so at this school.”

The report also recognised the support of the school governors and trustees, adding: “Governors and trustees are knowledgeable. They have an accurate picture of what is being done well and what needs to improve further.”

Stephen Chamberlain, CEO of The Active Learning Trust, said: “I am so proud of all the team at Highfield Littleport Academy. Together, they have delivered an excellent education to ensure our young people can feel properly prepared for life as active learners in the 21st Century. Congratulations to everyone who played a part in this superb Ofsted report.”

Highfield Littleport Academy teaches over 120 pupils between the ages of 2 and 19 years.

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