Tattershall’s Barnes Wallis Academy celebrates ‘Good’ Ofsted rating

The secondary school has been praised by Her Majesty’s Inspectors for their ‘outstanding’ work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare.


Students and staff at Tattershall’s Barnes Wallis Academy, part of the David Ross Education Trust, are celebrating an incredible milestone as the academy was rated ‘Good’ following their recent Ofsted inspection.


As a result of the two day visit from Her Majesty’s Inspectors, the school was rated ‘Outstanding’ for personal development, behaviour and welfare, and ‘Good’ across all other categories including effectiveness of leadership and management; quality of teaching, learning and assessment and outcomes for pupils.


During the visit, inspectors recognised the ‘outstanding’ work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare. The report noted that: “Pupils develop into confident, articulate and enthusiastic young people who aspire to achieve the very best they can. They are extremely proud of their school and the opportunities it provides for them. They value the support of their teachers and staff and appreciate the improvements brought about by leaders.”


Since joining the David Ross Education Trust in September 2014, the academy has benefitted from “highly effective support.” The report specified that: “The Trust gives highly effective support and challenges the school. Training from the Trust has helped to develop senior leaders’ skills, and standards are rising.”


Inspectors also highlighted the improving outcomes for students. The report stated that: “The proportion of pupils who achieved GCSE grades A* to C in both English and mathematics have risen significantly over the last few years. It is now higher than the national average.”


Alongside the academic developments, inspectors were also incredibly impressed with students’ ‘exceptional’ behaviour around the school. The report stated: “Pupils are extremely proud of their school. Their behaviour in and around school is of an exceptionally high standard… Pupils are polite and welcoming to visitors, holding doors open for them as they walk round the school, and eager to talk about what they enjoy.”


Amongst the many positive comments, inspectors noted that:

·      Governors and trustees are committed and highly effective. The sharp challenge given by the local governing body and the David Ross Education Trust has contributed to the strong performance of the school.

·      The school’s system to promote positive behaviour and high attendance are very effective.

·      The academy improvement board and the trust have high aspirations and expectations of the pupils. They visit the school frequently and talk with pupils and staff and, therefore, they know the school well.

·      In 2016, the overwhelming majority of pupils who left Year 11 entered employment, education or training routes.

·      A clear set of strong community values underpins the school’s ethos. The excellent relationships between pupils and adults contribute significantly to the very positive atmosphere in classrooms and around the school.

·      Teaching is improving and is now good. This is because of the high-quality support and monitoring provided by senior leaders and the trust.

·      The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good, with some that is of very high quality.

·      Opportunities to represent the school in sports events, raise money for charity in the Interact Club and visit regional universities, further enhance the curriculum and help prepare pupils well for life in modern Britain.

·      The well-designed curriculum enables pupils to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills across a broad range of subject.


Emma Day, Interim Principal at Barnes Wallis Academy, said: “This is a fantastic milestone for Barnes Wallis Academy and something that everyone has worked incredibly hard towards.


“Not only did the inspectors recognise our high quality of teaching, but what are the most pleasing aspects are the inspectors’ comments about how our students are leaving Barnes Wallis Academy as confident, articulate and enthusiastic young people.


“Everything we do, whether it is academic or extra-curricular, is centered around providing our students with the best opportunities and help them to reach their full potential.


“We look forward to now moving towards Outstanding.”




As part of the David Ross Education Trust, Barnes Wallis Academy is committed to providing students with a world-class education by delivering high standards, whilst raising confidence and self-esteem amongst young people. In order to provide the very best outcomes for students, teachers are encouraged to create an exciting learning environment and produce rich and varied opportunities for students’ development. 


Rowena Hackwood, Chief Executive Officer at the David Ross Education Trust, said: “Ofsted’s findings at Barnes Wallis Academy are a real testament to the hard work and dedication of students and staff.


“The academy has come a long way since joining the David Ross Education Trust. Last year, Barnes Wallis was named the Most Improved Secondary School in Lincolnshire.


“The David Ross Education Trust prides itself on providing every student with a world-class education, and as a result, the amount of students in Good or Outstanding education has risen significantly in academies inspected since joining the Trust.


“Everyone at Barnes Wallis Academy should be rightly proud of this outcome.”


The full Ofsted report is available on the Barnes Wallis Academy website.