​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Next step Outstanding for Castleford Academy

​Castleford Academy recently received a new 'one day inspection' by Ofsted.  The purpose of the inspection was to determine if the academy is continuing to provide a 'good' education.  The inspectors were so pleased with the education the academy provides that they confirmed the 'good' judgment but also recommended that inspectors return to complete a two day (section 5) inspection. This is because inspectors found significant evidence that Castleford Academy may be judged 'Outstanding'.  We are delighted with this response and it confirms all the hard work that our students, staff, parents and governors put in to making Castleford Academy such a fantastic school for the community of Castleford.  We look forward to our pending inspection, which is likely to take place over the next two years, and to potentially achieving 'Outstanding' status.  


In January 2018, the inspection arrangements for 'good' schools changed.  Under the new arrangements, good schools are now inspected using short, one day inspections. These are called section 8 inspections and they are simply to check whether a school is still 'good'.  Following these short inspections, schools receive a report outlining their strengths and areas for development but inspectors are not able to change judgement grades. However, if the inspectors judge that the school has significantly improved, they will recommend that inspectors return to complete a two day (section 5) inspection.

Inspectors noted, "The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Based on the evidence gathered during this short inspection, I am of the opinion that the school has demonstrated strong practice and marked improvement in specific areas. This may indicate that the school has improved significantly overall. Therefore, I am recommending that the school's next inspection be a section 5 inspection."

Headteacher George Panayiotou exclaimed, "We value that the inspectors could see the strong practice across the school, the significant improvement since our last inspection, the impeccable behaviour and attitude to learning of our students and the fantastic work of our community. I would like to take this opportunity of publicly thanking all pupils, staff, parents and governors for their dedication and support of the school. This achievement is particularly impressive given the challenges schools face and the volatility in the recent changes to exam series. The school continues to improve, evidenced from the achievements in a range of academic, sporting and cultural areas within the Academy."

This year, our progress 8 score is the best ever at +0.64, which demonstrates that we are significantly outperforming other schools nationally and that on average pupils at Castleford Academy achieved almost half a grade higher than expected in their subjects. This says a lot about the quality of teaching and learning within the academy. Chair of Trustees and Governors Bill Clift MBE beamed, "Pupils have only one opportunity to receive a first class education and I feel that the Academy provides this for our pupils. This will continue for many years to come. We are delighted with the report and feel that it fully reflects the quality of education provided by Castleford Academy". You can read the full report online through the school or OFSTED website.​​