Canonium Learning Trust Celebrates Good Ofsted Report for Tolleshunt D'Arcy St Nicholas Primary Academy!

Canonium Learning Trust is delighted to announce the positive outcome of the recent Ofsted inspection at Tolleshunt D'Arcy St Nicholas Primary Academy, confirming the school's good performance in meeting the expectations of the Ofsted framework across all key areas of assessment. 

The report, published on 24th April 2024, which was the first inspection as an Academy, part of Canonium Learning Trust, commends St Nicholas Primary Academy's commitment to delivering a high standard of education, fostering positive behaviour and attitudes, promoting personal development, and demonstrating effective leadership and management under the direction of Head of School, Emma Reece and Lois Osborne, Executive Headteacher and Chief Executive Officer of Canonium Learning Trust.

The Ofsted inspector praised the school for its positive learning environment, supportive relationships between staff and pupils, and the implementation of an ambitious curriculum focused on academic achievement.

"We are thrilled with the positive Ofsted judgement received by Tolleshunt D'Arcy St Nicholas Primary Academy," said Lois Osborne, Executive Headteacher and CEO of Canonium Learning Trust. "This reflects the dedication and collaborative spirit of our school community in providing a quality education that meets the highest standards."

Key strengths highlighted in the inspection report include:

Positive Atmosphere: 

“Pupils are happy and attend school regularly. They enjoy learning in the calm and purposeful atmosphere.”

Ambitious Curriculum: 

“There is a high priority on pupils’ academic achievement through the ambitious curriculum. Pupils are keen to study and learn in all subjects.”

Respectful Relationships: 

“There are respectful relationships between everyone.” “Pupils listen respectfully to each other and respond sensitively.”

"This good Ofsted judgement is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our staff, pupils, parents and whole school community" stated Emma Reece, Head of School at Tolleshunt D'Arcy St Nicholas Primary Academy. "We are dedicated to providing our pupils with the best possible educational experience. Every child deserves to learn in an environment (that is safe, calm and purposeful) where they can thrive.''

Andy Hayman, CBE, QPM, Chair of the Trust Board, congratulated the school community, stating, "An Ofsted inspection is no walk in the park. Inspectors thoroughly test what and how the children are taught, the safety of the school, the competency of teachers and how the leadership exercises their responsibilities. To have their first grading since becoming an Academy endorsed as ‘good’, is a monumental achievement. Well done to everyone involved and thank you to parents and carers for their continued support”

The good Ofsted report for Tolleshunt D'Arcy St Nicholas Primary Academy underscores Canonium Learning Trust's commitment to providing a nurturing and high-quality educational experience for all students.

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