Lowestoft: Special measures action plan gets seal of approval at East Point Academy

East Point Academy in Lowestoft

East Point Academy in Lowestoft - Credit: Archant

An action plan drawn up by Lowestoft’s first academy to drag itself out of special measures has been praised as fit for purpose by education inspectors.

In April, East Point Academy was placed on special measures by Ofsted – 19 months after it had opened on the former Kirkley High School site.

Ofsted had then rated the academy as inadequate for its achievement levels, quality of teaching, leadership and management and student behaviour.

This week, Ofsted issued its first special measures monitoring report on the academy.

It said the sponsors of the academy, the Academies Enterprise Trust, had drawn up an action plan to tackle the issues raised which “gives a sufficiently clear overview of how the academy will be supported and improved”.

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It went on to say the academy had a clear plan to reorganise and clarify the roles of senior and middle managers to enable clear leadership; there was a substantial programme of support planned and the monitoring of students’ progress was developing well.

The report added: “The academy has an accurate view of its weaknesses and strengths.”

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When Ofsted placed East Point Academy in special measures, the Academies Enterprise Trust brought in executive headteacher Rory Fox to work alongside headteacher Liz Redpath as it had already realised problems needed to be tackled head-on.

It is now hoped East Point Academy will be out of special measures in a year’s time due to a raft of improvement measures. Dr Fox said: “It is nice to see Ofsted recognises where we want to go and be. Usually it takes 20 months to come out of special measures, we are trying for a year.”

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