Education team finds Yate International Academy on the way up

May 31 2016

YATE International Academy has been told it is on the road to recovery after being visited by education chiefs who are monitoring its progress.

YATE International Academy has been told it is on the road to recovery after being visited by education chiefs who are monitoring its progress.
A regional schools commissioner’s team, with representatives from the Department for Education, spent time at the academy to see how it was shaping up after a poor report by Ofsted last autumn.
The school had been assessed by the education watchdog as requiring improvement - one of a number of problems faced by the federation that runs the academy during 2015.
But Adam Williams, who was appointed as chief executive principal of the Ridings’ Federation of Academies earlier this year to get it out of its “troubled times”, said the “really important” monitoring visit showed improvements were being made.
The visiting team spoke with teachers, students and senior managers to assess progress made since the Ofsted inspection.
Mr Williams said: “We were given really great feedback, told we were working on everything we should be and that improvements were evident.
“We are really pleased with how it is going. We are on the road to really getting this academy up towards good - and beyond to outstanding.”
He said he was now waiting to receive a report from the team outlining their findings.
The regional schools commissioner in the South West is responsible for making decisions about academies and works with the national schools commissioner and school leaders to take action in under-performing schools.
As well as the Yate academy receiving a poor Ofsted assessment, its sister Winterbourne International Academy was also rated at the same level.
Other problems for the Ridings’ Federation last year included teachers at the Winterbourne campus taking strike action and criticism being aimed at the former chief executive principal, Beverley Martin, over her leadership style. She left in October after only about seven months in the job.
Mr Williams was appointed as her replacement, having led the John Cabot Academy in Kingswood to the highest Ofsted ranking and then getting a school in Bath out of special measures.