Leaders at Trinity Academy Richmond have taken leaps forward to improve the school, inspectors say.
The school, which is a member of Dales Academies Trust, experienced a turbulent 12 months up until January 2023, being judged ‘Inadequate’ by Ofsted in February 2022 and facing instability in senior leadership.
The current headteacher, Simon Robson, has been in the role permanently since January 2023, providing stable and confident leadership which has supported notable improvements across the board.
This was recognised by Ofsted inspectors in their monitoring visit in October, who said: “Leaders have made progress to improve the school.
“There is momentum in the school’s improvement actions and a shared determination to provide a high-quality education for pupils.”
In February 2022, Ofsted highlighted the school’s curriculum as an area that required significant improvement.
This has been an area of focus, with staff working tirelessly to develop a new, ambitious and aspirational curriculum, enhanced by its connections with the local area. Since its introduction, pupils have taken part in a wide range of enrichment activities to enhance their learning, including visits to Richmond Castle and Arbeia Roman Fort, a ‘go-kart’ building project with Cummins and a Green Power race at Croft Circuit.
The impact of the curriculum work can be seen in recent academic outcomes which have been excellent. The percentage of pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and maths (combined) at Trinity Academy Richmond is 71% compared to the national average of 59%. The percentage of disadvantaged pupils achieving the expected scores in reading, writing and maths (combined) was almost double the national average at 80%.
Work with the Department for Education’s Behaviour Hub has helped school leaders implement clear expectations throughout the school. Visitors to Trinity Academy Richmond have been hugely impressed by its polite and courteous pupils who represent the ambition and values of the school. Ofsted inspectors described the Early Years learning environment as “transformed”, providing a “purposeful and enticing place for children to learn”.
While this recognition from Ofsted is seen as a significant achievement and a step forward in the school’s journey, leaders recognise that there is still work to be done. Plans are in place to continue building on these solid foundations to create an even brighter future.
Headteacher, Simon Robson, says: “I am extremely proud of everybody that has been involved in the rapid improvement of Trinity Academy Richmond since I arrived as Headteacher. This is a very happy and thriving school with high aspirations. Leaders, staff and governors have a clear vision and determination to provide the best for all pupils who come through its doors.”
CEO of Dales Academies Trust, Damian Chubb, added, “I am delighted that the hard work and dedication of Mr Robson and his staff team at Trinity Academy Richmond has been recognised by His Majesty’s Inspectors.
“The trust will provide ongoing support as they continue to strive for excellence.”