• Eskdale Academy

Letter to Parents

Dear Parents/Carers,

You will be aware that we recently underwent a Section 8 inspection by Ofsted. We are delighted to report that the inspection confirmed what we, and our wider community, have known for some time - that Eskdale Academy is a good school with the capacity to become outstanding.

Whilst such inspections can undoubtedly be stressful for all those involved, it nonetheless provided us with the opportunity to demonstrate the progress and improvements that have taken place at Eskdale during the past few years.

We could not have been more proud of the students and staff for the commitment they showed during the inspection. The inspector asked us to pass on her thanks to everyone involved; she also highlighted how polite and courteous our students were and how open and helpful the staff had been. We would also wish to express our gratitude to governors and parents for their continuous hard work and support.

The Ofsted outcome is pleasing in that it validates the improvements at the school. However, everything we have done at Eskdale in recent years has been because we believed it was the right thing to do to move the school forward. The changes we have made were the result of our own improvement agenda. Whilst we are very proud of our achievements to date, we are a school constantly moving forward and always looking to get better at what we do. The outcome of the inspection is an important milestone in the story of our success but we will continue to focus relentlessly on raising standards and ensuring that children who attend Eskdale are given the very best start in life.

There are many changes and challenges facing the world of education and, as a school, we are ready to face these and make, what we believe are, the right choices for the young people in our care.

Please find attached a copy of the inspection report for your information.

Yours sincerely

Neil Nottingham

CEO and Executive Head

Liz Killeen

Head teacher

view the report here