In 2018, Ofsted visited the Archer Academy to carry out a Section 8 inspection. This is essentially a check-in to see whether we are continuing to deliver at the standard set at the previous inspection.
By law, a Section 8 can never lead to a change in grading, which can only happen after a full (Section 5) inspection. However, inspectors can note that the school has shown the potential to be upgraded. We are therefore delighted to confirm that we have received the best possible Section 8 outcome:
Outcome 2 – the school remains good and there is sufficient evidence of improved performance to suggest that the school may be judged outstanding if it received a Section 5 inspection now. The school will be informed that its next inspection will be a Section 5 inspection, which will typically take place within one to two years after the publication of the Section 8 short inspection report.
This news is a testament to the inspiration, leadership and pure hard work which the Archer Academy team have demonstrated, not just during Ofsted’s visits but day in, day out. Comments made by the inspectors include:
Our process for self-evaluation is both regular and robust, and this was also reinforced by the inspectors. They noted that we have already identified the areas in which we need to make further improvements, such as closing the gaps between some groups of students, and that we have strategies in place to tackle them.
We look forward to welcoming Ofsted back within the next two years for a full Section 5 inspection, and having the opportunity to demonstrate in more depth the exceptional nature of our school.