The inspector’s report commends the Academy’s “strong track record of good achievement for its students” and “increasing rates of student progress”, which are “consistently rapid compared with students nationally”.
Teaching at the Quest Academy was praised as “consistently good and improving” with English being highlighted as “exceptionally well taught”. The inspector identified that The Quest Academy fosters “a culture where success is expected from students of all abilities”, and where, “all students can be successful”.
The new £16 million state-of-the-art facilities were described as “excellent” and a contributing factor to the students being “positive about their education” and “attentive and cooperative both with staff and with their classmates”.
Andy Crofts, Principal said, “We’ve come a long way in a very short time. Earlier this year, we were recognised as one of the UK’s top 12% of Sixth Forms, based on value-added, received an SSAT Educational Outcomes Award for being in the top 20% of schools nationally and now we have the official stamp from Ofsted that we are “Good”. I am extremely proud of what the students, staff, parents and governors have achieved in partnership.”
Pip Burley, Chair of Governors at Quest, said, “The Academy deserves to be recognised as the excellent school that it now is. I thank the Principal, Andy Crofts, for his un-failing work over the last 5 years. I have no doubt that if the Ofsted category ‘Very Good’ still existed, then we would have been awarded that! All staff and students should feel very proud of their achievement, as we now work towards becoming the Outstanding school we are so close to being.”
Mrs Martin, Executive Principal of the Academy, and Headteacher at Coloma Convent Girls’ School said, “I am really delighted that the educational transformation that has taken place over the last few years at Quest has been fully recognised by Ofsted. All the staff, students, governors and members of Quest and the Coloma Trust who have worked so hard to earn this recognition should feel very proud that they are living out the vision for our present and future pupils that learning does indeed change lives!”
The full report may be viewed here.