UAK is celebrating the outcome of its recent visit from Ofsted, where inspectors recognised that pupils are making better progress since the last inspection. This recognition follows UAK recording its best ever GCSE results in the 2017 performance tables. The report acknowledges that the academy is no longer a school causing concern and has removed it from its category less than 18 months since it was placed in serious weaknesses in April 2016.
Inspectors commented that “The principal and governing body work collaboratively and have swiftly taken decisive action” since the previous inspection. They commended the pupils for being “respectful of their school. They keep it clean, tidy and free of graffiti.”
Bernie Addison, principal at UAK since April 2016 said: “We are delighted that the school had been moved out of a category of concern in such a short space of time.” She added: “I’m delighted that Ofsted have recognised the rapid and significant improvements at UAK over the last 18 months and I see this as a stepping stone to achieving our ambition of being an outstanding school for Keighley families. Governors, staff and the local community have all worked together to achieve this for our pupils. There is so much more we want to do at UAK and this is really a positive step in the right direction.”
Joanne Marshall, chair of the Governing Body, stated, on behalf of the sponsor, the University of Bradford that: “This is very welcome news and comes on top of the excellent results achieved this year both in GCSEs and levels of progress. The school, staff and pupils should be extremely proud of all that they have achieved.”
View the published report.