In early 2017, the predecessor school Sowerby Bridge High School, was placed into special measures by Ofsted. This then triggered the support of the Trinity MAT, and in order to ensure school improvement, the school became an academy and formally joined the trust in September 2017 and re-opened as Trinity Academy Sowerby Bridge.
An Executive Principal – Mr James Franklin-Smith – was appointed to lead intensive leadership support and a monitoring visit in June 2017 confirmed the huge impact of this support. An Acting Principal, Mr Charlie Johnson, takes responsibility for the day-to-day running of the school.
Inspectors have found that safeguarding is now effective and confirmed the dramatic impact of changes which ensure that students are learning in an environment where they can excel. Inspectors have found that “leaders from the trust have provided clear, firm and decisive leadership” and “pupils and students say that the changes made have had a dramatic and positive impact on both their safety and well-being.” Inspectors found that “pupils feel safe and well cared for.”
Some of the findings included:
• Huge progress has been made, with excellent behaviour and a climate for learning.
• Significant improvements in the quality of teaching and learning and attendance
• The academy’s mantra of ‘Culture and Consistency = Excellence’ is clearly understood by staff and students, and there is a culture of high aspirations.
Click here to access the current monitoring visit report https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/107563
Drastic improvements continue to be made, which will be confirmed by further monitoring visits. Click here to read more about the academy’s vision of becoming outstanding.