Carrick Academy are celebrating after an Ofsted Inspector praised the school and confirmed that the school was continuing to offer the same good quality education to all its pupils.

Staff, students and parents at Carrick Academy are celebrating after an Ofsted Inspector praised the school’s safeguarding processes as one of the best he had seen and confirmed that the school was continuing to offer the same good quality education to all its pupils.

The school, part of the part of the Wave Multi Academy Trust, moved to new premises in 2017. The report highlights the improved specialist facilities for science and catering, the strong relationships between pupils and staff, and the positive impact of the recruitment of additional staff. This includes the appointment of a family support manager and family support worker which, it said, had strengthened the school’s relationship with parents and carers and helped improve pupils’ outcomes.   

Welcoming the report Ryan Brokenshire, the Principal of Carrick Academy, said, “Our ethos is driven through fostering positive relationships and keeping children safe. This was recognised by the inspection team, who informed us that in the 140 or so inspections they have undertaken they had not seen the safeguarding robustness and diligence shown by Carrick staff each day in keeping our children safe.” 

Ryan continued, “A lot has changed since our previous inspection in April 2015, most significantly the relocation to a new school site, enabling more pupils to be accommodated and the appointment of new staff. As a school we have worked hard to develop a curriculum that caters for the needs of our pupils growing up in Cornwall and there are many references to this within the report.  As always however, there is always room for improvement and over the coming weeks and months we will continue to evaluate our provision.”

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Board, our Governors and staff for the continued support and hard work, and our parents and carers for their support.”

WAVE Chief Executive, Rob Gasson added “The Inspector carried out a very thorough inspection of the education provided for pupils at Carrick and I am very pleased that the school has maintained its good judgement.”

Rob continued, “I am particularly delighted by his comment that the processes and culture around safeguarding were the best he had seen in over 140 inspections.  This has been a lot of comment about alternative provision (AP) in the news recently and it is great to see that the quality of the support we are providing for pupils in our schools has been recognised by Ofsted.”

Wave is the most successful AP Multi Academy Trust in the country by Ofsted outcome, with two of its academies judged as “Outstanding” and five judged as “Good”.

Earlier this year Wave was commissioned by Cornwall Council to provide education services for children and young people while they are receiving specialist treatment at Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s new child and adolescent mental health unit “Sowenna” which is currently being built on the Bodmin Hospital Site.

5 April 2019