A three-year-old academy in Leeds has been rated ‘good’ by Ofsted with ‘outstanding features’, with inspectors praising staff for creating a school which makes” a life-changing difference to many of its pupils”.
Elland Academy, on Gelderd Road, opened in September 2014 as an alternative provision free school for pupils who have a history of poor or irregular attendance or who have social, emotional and mental health needs.
The school received its first inspection by the education watchdog in July, with the report recognising the school’s “dedicated, hardworking and cohesive community”.
The head of academy Alice Ngondi said: “Everyone connected to the Elland Academy is immensely proud of the academy’s achievements in its first inspection. This is an alternative provision academy and works under immense pressure and to achieve this result is incredible. The Ofsted report recognises the high standards that have been achieved in a relatively short space of time, particularly given the academy only opened in September 2014. The current framework is also much more demanding than previous ones. As an academy we have shown that all students can achieve and highly and this gives them that great start to life that they truly deserve.”
Paul Tarn, the CEO of Delta Academies Trust, which runs the school, added: “The Elland Academy has established itself in a very short period of time as a high quality education provider. This is testament to the outstanding leadership of the principal and her team and the dedication, commitment and hard work of staff.”