CELEBRATIONS were in order when Grace Academy Solihull, was rated Good following an Ofsted inspection.
In the two years since it was rated as Requires Improvement GCSE results have improved and, last year, the Academy achieved its best ever results after an outstanding 70 per cent of students attained A* to C grades in GCSE English and Maths, a rise of 33 per cent since 2014.
In the March inspection, Ofsted highlighted several areas for particular praise including strong Governance, an inclusive culture where pupils and staff feel valued and proud to be a part of the school community, the outstanding personal development and welfare of pupils, and consistent systems to effectively drive improvements in pupils’ progress.
Other areas highlighted by Ofsted were well-behaved pupils and well-planned teacher-training.
Principal, Darren Gelder, said it was a justifiably deserved and amazing outcome for the Academy.
He added: “We have, as an Academy, focused on getting it right in lessons and putting the students at the forefront of everything we do.
“This was recognised by the outstanding judgement Ofsted gave the Academy in the Personal Welfare and Development section of their inspection.
“Every single member of the teaching and non-teaching staff have contributed to the outcome we have achieved.
“I would also like to thank parents and carers for their continued support and belief that we could make the Academy what it is today; one of the highest performing and best Academies to attend in the region.”