Welcome to my blog; this is the first time I’ve written a blog as the headteacher of Redcar Academy!
This week I’ve been waiting for the phone call from Ofsted. Monday was the three year anniversary since the school was last inspected and as you can possibly expect, last weekend my sleeping pattern was not too good worrying about the call coming on Monday. I say worrying, but that is probably the wrong word because I know we have prepared the staff the best we can for the visit, but the thing with Ofsted is you never know what will happen and even the best teachers can have an off day. I am however confident that our students will do us proud, especially when they are asked about how well they learn and are cared for by the staff.
The restless night continued for the earlier part of the week so by the time I got to Wednesday afternoon, 2 o’clock, I knew we would not be inspected this week. The inspectors often ring the afternoon before the two day inspection. The waiting now moves the Monday 25th when the next window will open for us. Two of our local neighbour schools: Freeborough Academy and Dormanstown Primary School have both had Ofsted inspections this week.
On Wednesday (20th) I had a very busy day. Five different meetings during the day and sharing some time in assembly too. We also had our first full directors meeting for the academy. It started at 4pm and lasted until 6.30pm. Whilst I was in this meeting, our Y9 students, with their parents, were in the building for the pathways evening, speaking to their english, maths and science teachers and visiting the seventeen post 16 employers and education organisations who had come to share careers information & guidance. It was great to see so many people when I came out of the directors meeting. There was a real buzz about the place; lots of people around talking about progress and the future opportunities for our Y9. I left school about 8.15pm whilst Mr Cannicott and Mr Lundie were still talking to parents. Mr Moulding kindly offered to stay until they had both finished.
In summary, a bit of a tiring week with a particularly late night and some restless nights worrying about the Ofsted visit. To top off the week it looks like my planned walk this Saturday will be off because of the wind, cold and possible snow! Looks like I’ll have to go shopping instead!
Thank you for reading my first blog and I hope you check back regularly; I hope to blog weekly should my time permit.
Principal: Mrs Angela Sweeten
Redcar Academy, Kirkleatham Lane, Redcar, TS10 4AB
Tel: 01642 289211 •
A company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 8281046