Students and staff at Sawtry Village Academy are celebrating its recent Ofsted inspection, where the school retained its 'Good' rating and was described as a 'happy place'.

During the inspection on September 14-15, the academy, part of Meridian Trust, was praised in several areas, including pupil outcomes, engagement and quality of Post 16 provision.

The report highlighted how pupils spoke positively of the school and were proud of its "inclusive culture".

Inspectors said that "difference and diversity are accepted and celebrated", and many students were noted in the report as speaking positively about the school; one pupil said: "As a person of colour, my experience has been brilliant."


Simon Parsons, principal of Sawtry Village Academy, said: "We are over the moon with the findings of this glowing report, which highlight what a close-knit and supportive community we have here at Sawtry Village Academy.

"It's certainly a great way to start the new academic year, and I couldn't be prouder of our amazing staff and pupils.

"It's fantastic to see so many positives highlighted within the report, from our pupils' outcomes to the range of opportunities and trips we offer and our support for pupils with special educational needs.

"We are also incredibly pleased with the comments shared with inspectors by pupils and parents – I'm so grateful for the supportive community we have here at Sawtry."


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Examination results for the school were recognised as well above the national average parents also spoke highly of the school.

The report noted that one parent said: "My child is thriving at Sawtry Village Academy, and they are enjoying their time there."

Inspectors observed that in a small number of subjects, the curriculum is not delivered in a way that helps pupils remember more.

Therefore, inspectors advise that the school ensures the curriculum design is shared from the strongest subjects to boost its rating from the already impressive 'Good' to 'Outstanding'.

To read the full inspection report, click here.