Top marks for town’s academy

Sponne School,Towcester,outstanding Ofsted report.Dr Jamie Clarke,head,left and Christopher Watt,chair of governors with some of the pupils.'121017M-C529
Sponne School,Towcester,outstanding Ofsted report.Dr Jamie Clarke,head,left and Christopher Watt,chair of governors with some of the pupils.'121017M-C529

There were celebrations at Towcester’s Sponne School after Ofsted handed the academy an almost perfect inspection report last week.

The music and science academy was given outstanding in three assessment areas, dropping to a good in the fourth.

Sponne School,Towcester,outstanding Ofsted report.Dr Jamie Clarke,head,left and Christopher Watt,chair of governors.'121017M-C503

Sponne School,Towcester,outstanding Ofsted report.Dr Jamie Clarke,head,left and Christopher Watt,chair of governors.'121017M-C503

The only faults inspectors could find were elements of handwriting and short-lived instances of boisterous behaviour in corridors and playground.

In summary inspectors said students consistently achieved above expectations, lessons were varied and engaging and sixth form students were ‘true role models’. They added: “Led by its inspirational headteacher (Dr Jamie Clarke), leadership and management at all levels, including governance, is outstanding. Throughout the academy there is a sense of shared responsibility and commitment. Leaders have successfully improved teaching rapidly and have ensured that students received first-rate experiences to prepare them for life beyond the academy.”

Chris Watt, chair of governors said: “We think this a huge bonus to the town.

“Some of the things we have talked about is for Towcester to be a centre of excellence for learning, not just for Northamptonshire, but nationwide. We are a long way off, but we see this as a great step forward.”

Congratulating the headteacher he helped appoint, Mr Watt added: “We saw a way of changing learning throughout the school and that proved to be the case. He’s very focussed and very accessible. He expects a lot from students and staff but is prepared to give a lot back.”

Towcester Mayor David Linney, who helped run the Youth Coffee Shop, said it shows that many have the wrong impression about town’s youth and added: “It is brilliant for the town.”