Newmarket Academy is a Good School - Ofsted 2017

The report confirms that the school has been transformed. Under new leadership since the last Ofsted report in February 2013, when the school was placed in ‘special measures’, every aspect of the school has been reviewed and changed. The school has a new curriculum, new school day, new pastoral systems, new uniform, new systems to track student progress and plan intervention, new partnerships with other local schools and educational providers, and a complete commitment to working with the community. These changes are what the Inspectors saw and is evident in the report on a school that they described as having “strong strategic direction”. 

Nick Froy, the Principal, said: “I am absolutely delighted with the outcome of the inspection. The comments of the Inspectors and the report reflect the huge journey the school has made since the last inspection in February 2013.” 

“We are very grateful for the incredible hard work and achievements of every member of staff, Governors, students, parents and carers and the entire community who have given the school so much support. 

“I am thrilled that the Inspectors agreed with our own self-evaluation and that we were graded as ‘Good’ in all key categories. We are now ready to move to the next stage to ensure that Newmarket has an outstanding school at the heart of its community” 

It is clear that Newmarket Academy has worked incredibly hard to create a school the community can be proud of and one in which the young people of Newmarket and the surrounding villages can come to, safe in the knowledge that they will be successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens. Students said ‘they enjoy coming to school and the staff care about them’. The students at Newmarket Academy were described as ‘well-mannered and very respectful towards each other, adults and visitors’. The school is extremely pleased that the report also concluded that ‘all students from their different starting points are making good progress’. 

The Inspectors were pleased to see that the post 16 pathways for the young people of Newmarket had been secured through the school’s involvement in the new Sixth Form centre in Bury St Edmunds. 

Howard Lay, the CEO of the Samuel Ward Academy Trust, said “To see a school move from ‘inadequate’ to ‘good’ in less than three years is a huge achievement. I would like to pay tribute to the students, staff, Governors, parents and carers at Newmarket Academy who have kept faith and worked so hard and to the wider community who have been so supportive. Newmarket is a very significant town in Suffolk that deserves a good secondary school at its heart. It has got its school back. With the continued support of the Samuel Ward Academy Trust and the wider community, outcomes will increase rapidly and it will secure an ‘outstanding’ judgement in the near future. As a partner in the new Bury St Edmunds Sixth Form College, Newmarket students will also have priority access to outstanding post 16 learning opportunities. 

Paul Reed the Chair of the Governing Body said “This report means that everyone associated with Newmarket Academy is right to feel proud of their school. The findings of the Ofsted report is evidence of the transformation that has already taken place and backs the school’s plans to move the school to ‘outstanding’ in two years”

A full copy of the report can be found here: