Crowborough school praised by Ofsted for its passionate leadership and high-quality learning

EAGER AND CURIOUS Beacon Academy students

Following Beacon Academy’s recent two-day ungraded Ofsted inspection, the secondary school has published the details of the lead inspector’s report. The Times discovers more…


Students, staff and trustees at Beacon Academy and MARK Education Trust are celebrating after receiving their latest Ofsted report.

As a result of the Academy’s rigorous two-day ‘ungraded’ inspection at the end of last year, the school has just published details of the report that it received two weeks ago.

In it the school’s ‘ambitious and challenging’ curriculum for all students, including those with special education needs and/or disabilities (SEND), is praised. This is alongside Ofsted remarking upon the school’s ‘skilled’ and ‘expert’ teachers who are praised for nurturing what the report describes as ‘eager and curious learners’.

“Our leadership was described as being passionate, talented and experienced,” a spokesperson for the co-ed secondary school in Crowborough told the Times.

The report also states that ‘Beacon Academy continues to be a good school’. It says: “There is enough evidence of improved performance to suggest that the school could be judged outstanding if we were to carry out a graded (section 5) inspection now. The school’s next inspection will be a graded inspection.”

The Beacon Academy spokesperson also revealed that the ungraded Ofsted report stated that: “Beacon Academy is a welcoming school with a tangible community feel. Leaders encourage high quality learning in this ambitious and successful academy. Pupils achieve very high standards.”

Executive Headteacher, Anna Robinson, commented: “Such positive inspection outcomes and reports are rare and so make the past eight years of hard work, tenacity and high expectations worthwhile.

“During this time our sole intention has been to achieve our vision of providing the best possible education for our students and to be an exceptional school both locally and nationally. Complacency is never an option, so please be assured that we are continually working as a team to drive forward our vision for the ongoing benefit of our school and our current and future students and staff at Beacon Academy and those within our trust.”

Ms Robinson thanked parents, carers and students for their role, stating: “Thank you for your unrelenting support and for affirming to us each day that our profession really is one of the best and most rewarding ones in the world. We are privileged to lead our school, our staff and our students.”

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