A SCHOOL deemed four years ago to be in need of improvement has been catapulted to 'good in all categories' after being given a glowing report.

The turnaround at Kingsbury Green Academy was acknowledged by Ofsted, which said staff knew pupils well and had high expectations of them and that pupils rose to this and were ambitious for their futures.

Inspectors also praised the strength of the curriculum, which the report said was broad and well planned.

Since the secondary school in Calne joined the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy Trust in 2019 significant and sustained improvements have been made to the standard of education, and it has benefitted from support, guidance and sharing of expertise.

The school has also bucked a trend that has seen many schools in the country downgraded since the introduction of a new Education Inspection Framework in 2019 overhauled the Ofsted inspection regime, meaning that they now need to adhere to a stricter set of assessment guidelines.

Headteacher Jason Tudor said: “Our motto of Achieving Excellence Together is built upon the understanding that children can only succeed when families, children and schools work together. I am confident therefore that this judgement is only the start of the journey and that we will all continue to work together to ensure that every child in our care has a truly excellent education.”

He added he was particularly pleased that Ofsted recognised pupils were proud to attend the school, and that the high standards of pupil behaviour and respectfulness were singled out by the inspection team.

“This report validates the incredible work of our excellent staff and recognises the collective effort to make Kingsbury Green Academy a good school in every possible measure.”

Trust chief executive George Croxford added: “I am incredibly proud of all the staff at Kingsbury Green Academy in achieving this Ofsted judgement.

"Since joining the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy Trust in 2019, Kingsbury Green Academy has been a central part of our family of schools. They have consistently been open to new ideas and this judgement demonstrates the impact we have had as a Trust. Kingsbury Green Academy are now very much a leading school in their own right and I look forward to their ongoing contribution as we continue to develop over the coming years.”