The Ashcroft Technology Academy in south-west London has been rated as “outstanding” in a newly-published report from Ofsted (the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills).
Furthermore, the secondary school was given the top “outstanding” assessment for all the specific areas that were scrutinised by inspectors: “Leadership and management”, “Behaviour and safety of pupils”, “Quality of teaching”, “Achievement of pupils” and “Sixth form provision”. It is rare for any school to get a full set of “outstanding” grades.
Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC, who is the founder sponsor of the school, said: “I am absolutely delighted by the results of the recent Ofsted inspection and the praise that inspectors have heaped on so many aspects of the school.”
“It is a truly magnificent achievement for everyone connected with the school and I feel immensely proud to be associated with such a success story.”
Ashcroft Technology Academy, whose Principal is Marcus Barker, was formerly known as ADT City Technology College. The 1,200-plus pupils in the mixed academy in the borough of Wandsworth are aged from 11 to 18.
Ofsted inspectors considered that “leadership and management are outstanding”. They said the Principal’s clear vision is supported by “ambitious, dedicated and loyal staff who are committed to maintaining the highest levels of achievement”.
The report said the students “achieve outstanding well” and added: “Students’ behaviour in lessons and around the academy is faultless. They work hard and concentrate well in their lessons. Attendance rates are high and punctuality exemplary.”
The governors of the school were also praised for being “knowledgeable about performance management and increasingly aware of the impact of pupil premium funding”.