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The Business Academy Bexley placed in Special Measures after a challenging time

Governors and Staff at The Business Academy Bexley are determined to turn the school around after it was placed into special measures during an Ofsted inspection on 11th and 12th May 2016.

Please click here to read the report. 

The Academy has acted swiftly to respond to the recommendations within the report and has written to parents to reassure them that the Governors and the leadership team will be working to secure rapid improvement and move the Academy out of a category as the earliest opportunity.  

The report recognises the recent challenges the Academy has faced and acknowledges the stability provided by the new Acting Principal and the positive impact of the new Head of Primary.

‘The acting principal has provided stability during a challenging time for the school. He has an honest recognition of the school’s inadequacies and a deep commitment to the schools and its pupils.’  ‘The recent appointed head of primary has, in the four weeks since she took up post, made positive changes to the teaching of English and mathematics. She has also started to plan changes to the wider curriculum in key stages 1 and 2.’  

Parents can be reassured that Ofsted found that

‘arrangements for safeguarding are effective’ and that ‘Staff are appropriately trained, suitable processes are in place, all necessary checks are made, and when concerns arise they are dealt with properly.’   

Inspectors noted that although pupils’ personal development and welfare requires improvement, behaviour at the academy was inadequate. This has also been recognised by senior leaders and a new, zero tolerance behaviour policy will be implemented for September.  This will ensure that the learning of all pupils is not disrupted by poor behaviour either in or out of the classroom.

Niall Fallon, Acting Principal said:

“Whilst the report is extremely disappointing the areas categorised as inadequate had already been identified for improvement by the leadership of the school prior to the inspection and progress was already being made to address them.  The Academy has faced significant challenges since the last inspection but, as staff, we are committed to ensuring that there is high quality teaching across the Academy and that the expectation of high standards of behaviour for learning is met by all students.  We are confident that, as a team, we can secure the necessary improvements to once again be a “Good” school when re-inspected.”

Richard Elms, Chair of Governors said

“Since the appointment of Niall Fallon as Acting Principal, robust action has been taken to drive up standards; leadership capacity within the Academy has been strengthened, governance externally reviewed and changes made to the structures of governance, to ensure that there is proper scrutiny of the actions being taken to improve the performance of the Academy.”

Notes to Editors

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The Business Academy is a school for ages 3–19 in South Thamesmead, the London Borough of Bexley, England, operating under the Academy programme for schools which are independently run but receive public funding.  The Academy was the first to open in 2002, pioneering the way for the 5302* academies open in England today and became the country's first all-through academy in 2003 following the sponsor’s recommendations to the government to introduce legislation which permitted all-through schools to be created.

Sponsored by The Garrard Family Foundation, the Business Academy Bexley is owned and managed by the Charitable Trust Company Bexley Business Academy Ltd and all of the shares are owned by the Foundation.  The Board of Directors/Governors is chaired by Richard Elms. 

The Academy currently has 1,459 students on role. 
The Acting Principal is Niall Fallon.
The Headteacher of the Primary Section is Margaret-Anne Dunne

* As of May 2016.

For further information please contact Sam Elms, Operations Director by telephoning 0208 320 4800 or by emailing sam.elms@tba.bexley.sch.uk

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