Mansfield’s Samworth Church Academy gets thumbs up

MANSFIELD’S Samworth Church Academy continues to make good progress, according to education watchdog Ofsted.

Its inspectors visited the Sherwood Hall Road academy in May and found that it was performing satisfactory with good prospects for improvement.

In a report published last week, Ofsted praised the academy for its good curriculum and encouragement of healthy lifestyles through nutritious meals and a wide range of sporting activities.

Principal Michael Griffiths said: “We are really pleased with this report. It is a real endorsement of the fantastic progress we have made since we opened in 2008. We are very ambitious and committed to become the best we can be.”

The report said Samworth could improve its performance to good by pitching work to meet the needs of all students, and strengthening marking so students get better advice on how to improve.

It also encouraged the academy, which replaced the former Sherwood Hall School, to improve its procedures for ensuring better lessons and making sure recent plans to improve English teaching were fully implemented.