Thistle Hill Academy was inspected by Ofsted on 22nd-23rd May 2018.

You can read the full report below:

"The headteacher provides strong leadership in the early years. She monitors progress closely through frequent observations of children’s learning. Her accurate evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of the early years environment has resulted in positive steps to extend learning into outdoor areas."

"The trust supports staff well to continually develop their practice. For example, early years staff across the trust meet regularly to check the accuracy of their assessments. Trust advisers deliver focused staff training, based on the needs of the children. For example, recent workshops for phonics have increased the confidence of teaching staff in delivering high-quality lessons. As a result, children’s phonic knowledge is improving well."

"The proportion of children achieving a good level of development last year was above national averages. Leaders’ current assessment information shows strong progress from starting points this year. In particular, the school has successfully narrowed the Inspection report: Thistle Hill Academy, 22–23 May 2018 Page 8 of 12 gap between the progress of disadvantaged children and their peers. As a result, the children are well prepared for the next stage of their education."

"Parents of children in the early years are well informed about their children’s progress. Teachers share each child’s ‘unique story’ regularly with parents, encouraging them to contribute to their children’s learning at home. The ‘unique story’ provides an informative report to parents on their children’s feelings about their learning, as well as how well they are achieving. Parents value opportunities to attend regular sessions during the school day to work alongside their children and explore a range of activities."

"Children in the early years make good progress. As a result of good leadership and effective teaching, they are active and inquisitive, engage well with adults, and explore their learning enthusiastically."

You can also find the latest Ofsted Report here: