Ofsted inspectors have praised Northampton International Academy for its high aspirations for pupils and quality of teaching following the school’s first inspection.
The Ofsted report rated Northampton International Academy as good, describing it as ‘a school with an international focus where pupils can thrive’. It says leaders are passionate and committed to securing the very best outcomes for all pupils, irrespective of their background.
The all-through school for four to 18-year-olds opened in September 2016 and will be one of the biggest free schools in the country when it reaches full capacity in 2023.
The Ofsted inspection team also found pupils enjoy school, have positive attitudes to learning and feel safe and happy.
The report states: “On entering the school, there is a palpable of sense of excitement about the possibilities it offers those who study and work there.
“Staff are wholly supportive of the school’s international ethos and they are passionate about the pupils and the local community in which they work. A typical parent comment was, ‘The enthusiasm and dedication of the staff is reflected in how much my children enjoy school’.”
Northampton International Academy currently has 785 pupils in reception, Year 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9, and will be taking in new reception and Year 7 pupils in September, as well as its first sixth form cohort.
Headteacher Tim Marston said: “We are hugely proud of all of our pupils, parents, staff and the wider community for contributing to what is a massive undertaking.
“Our academy trust, East Midlands Academy Trust (EMAT), has provided fantastic support to us as a new and rapidly growing school and we look forward to making a huge impact as we continue to develop.”
The full Ofsted inspection report can be found at www.reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/28/142485