Battle Primary Academy was the first NET Academy and opened on 1st January 2013. The Academy is larger than the average-sized primary school with 448 pupils currently on roll. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups and those who speak English as an additional language at Battle Primary Academy is much higher than average. The curriculum therefore has local, national and international aspects to it, which the Academy feels will better develop Battle pupils into well-rounded, aspirational citizens of the 21st century. They also celebrate the different ethnic backgrounds of their families, many of who do not have English as their first language.
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“Leaders, Governors and NETAT work closely together to plan for school improvement. Governors and the Trust present effective challenge to ensure improvement continues in an upward trajectory“
Progress since becoming an academy
In October 2014, Battle Primary Academy received its first Ofsted inspection since becoming a NET Academy. After a long history of being placed in “Special Measures”, Battle Primary Academy is now a “Requires Improvement” school with “Outstanding” early years provision and “Good” leadership and management. Inspectors also praised the role of NET Academies Trust in their report:
‘The academy chain offers effective support to leaders and has been highly supportive in tackling the issues facing the academy. As a result, improvements have been rapid’
You can read the full Ofsted report here.
Before conversion, improvements at Battle were needed in all key aspects of provision: pupils’ achievement; teaching and learning; pupils’ behaviour; leadership and management.
In May 2013 a NET Associate returned to Battle for a school improvement monitoring visit following an initial visit in March 2013. She found that ‘as a result of improved teaching and strong leadership current achievement of pupils has accelerated’. She went on to say:
‘Progress since my last visit is good with clear evidence of improvement. Attainment at the end of Year 6 is likely to meet the government floor targets with improvement in Level 5 achievement. Those making expected progress and exceeding expected progress is likely to meet national benchmarks for most groups… As a result of discussions in March, leaders have made changes to expectations for Key Stage 1 with increased average point score (APS) achievement set as an expectation for all pupils. As a result progress, whilst still slow, has improved in comparison to previous patterns and is now closer to national progress expectations. Some improvement to Early Years Foundation Stage was seen with children making good progress in the learning of phonics and in their outdoor play. Once again the outcomes in the Nursery are strong with children making at least good progress.’
The progress observed by NET was confirmed by Ofsted when they visited Battle in June 2013. Ofsted said that the Academy was making reasonable progress in raising standards for all pupils. The role of the National Education Trust as Sponsor was highlighted as being particularly effective:
‘A range of effective external support has been provided by the sponsors, including reorganising staffing, staff training, leadership coaching and visits to outstanding providers. The impact is evident in the improvements in the procedures for the recruitment and performance management of staff, self-evaluation, the environment for learning, and the curriculum.’
Principal: Mrs Joanne Gray
Battle Primary Academy
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