TV Crew Visit for Feature on Ofsted Annual Report

A TV crew spent two hours filming at the Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology after we were highlighted in Ofsted’s Annual Report as an example of a school that had successfully turned itself around.

The final piece, broadcast on BBC Look East (West), featured headteacher Sian Foreman and several pupils, as part of a feature looking at schools within the East of England Region.

Ofsted’s report, released yesterday (Wed 13 December), looked at education across the whole of England – and revealed that the majority of schools in the East of England, which includes Cambridgeshire, are performing above the national average.

By the end of August 2017, a total of 90% of schools in the region were judged either good or outstanding at their most recent inspection, compared with 89% nationally (a 2% improvement on the previous year).

For secondary schools, 87% of those in the East of England were judged to be good or outstanding – well above the national level of 79 for England and, again, an improvement from 2016.

Specific areas Ofsted inspectors chose to praise us for at the time of their inspection in May 2017 included strong leadership – with headteacher Sian Foreman and her Senior Leadership Team praised for their ‘calmness and passion.’

Also praised was the ‘excellent behaviour of students in lessons and around the college’ creating an environment ‘in which it is a joy to teach and study.’ The report also added that students took ‘real pride in the UTC and are enthusiastic ambassadors for its values.’

Whilst here, BBC Broadcast Journalist Emma Baugh interviewed headteacher Sian Foreman; filmed robotics with Year 10 students led by Computer Science Lead Barry Cooper; spoke to several of our students and filmed a Challenge project in our lab with Assistant Headteacher Dr Alistair Easterfield, in charge of Challenge and Careers.

Speaking after filming had finished, Ms Foreman said: “We are absolutely delighted to be recognised as one of the schools in the East of England Region which has been identified for its good practice within Ofsted’s Annual Report.

“Our success has been attributed to the senior leadership team and their systematic and organised approach. As headteacher I am very proud to be leading such an exciting and inspiring school as it continues on its journey towards becoming a regional centre for excellence in the Sciences.”

BBC Journalist interviews Barry Cooper about closing the STEM skills gap:

Toby Fellows, Year 13 student, discussing life at Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology:

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