‘Exceptional’ Park praised

Park Community Academy has been rated outstanding by Ofsted.  Pictured is headteacher Keith Berry (centre) celebrating with pupils, staff and governors.
Park Community Academy has been rated outstanding by Ofsted. Pictured is headteacher Keith Berry (centre) celebrating with pupils, staff and governors.
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‘An exceptional school and every aspect of its work is outstanding...’

The opening words of a glowing report Blackpool’s Park Community Academy (PCA).

Pupils make great strides and exude confidence

Ofsted report

Ofsted inspectors have handed the school, on Whitegate Drive, the highest possible rating for its work with children with moderate, severe and complex learning difficulties.

The report notes how pupils “make great strides” and “exude confidence” thanks to the “outstanding quality of teaching”.

And school leaders of PCA have said they are delighted with the report.

Headteacher Keith Berry said: “A wonderful sense of achievement has swept the whole school community this week following the announcement that the overall effectiveness of PCA has again been judged as outstanding.

“I am delighted that pupils, parents, staff and governors have all gained well-deserved recognition for their hard work, achievement, commitment, ambition and support for the academy.”

PCA converted to academy status in September 2013, as one of three founder members of the Blackpool Multi Academy Trust with Anchorsholme an Devonshire primaries, having previously been judged as outstanding as a school.

Inspector Hilary Ward, who visited the academy on May 20 and 21, noted:

> Tasks and activities are extremely well matched to pupils’ abilities;

> The stimulating, rich and varied curriculum supports pupils’ personal development exceptionally well;

> There is a clear enjoyment for learning and pupils are aspirational and determined to achieve well;

> Pupils are exceptionally well-prepared for the next stage in their lives.

A range of extra curricular activity was praised by the inspector, including street dance, cooking, sports, musical and theatre clubs, as well as teachers and teaching assistants who are “very generous with their time”.

The academy is now looking forward to expanding its provision, widening its intake to include nursery and post-16 education from September.

Chairman of governors 
Susan Fielder said: “This really is a fantastic achievement for everyone and will provide the perfect springboard for the academy’s next steps. These are exciting times.”

Pupils have said they are over the moon that inspectors agree with them that their school is “the best”.

Bethany Kidd, 14, said: “I am lucky to have been at this school for a long time and it has helped me grow up.”

Sophie Pike, also 14, added: “PCA is the best school in the whole wide world. It is fun and it treats people fairly. I’ve got loads of friends and great teachers here.”

And 13-year-old Megan Shergold said: “I think it’s great that we got an outstanding Ofsted report.

“It is important our school gets the best rating ever because it shows just how good the school is.”