Horbury Academy receives national recognition of inclusivity

08/04/2022

We’re extremely proud to report that our academy has achieved the Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM) Inclusive School Award.

This award is a nationally recognised validation of our inclusive practice and ongoing commitment to developing educational inclusion; promoting equal opportunities for all pupils, whatever their age, gender, ethnicity, attainment and background.

Assessment was conducted over two days, comprising of observations and tours, and meetings with key staff and pupils, alongside a review of documentation and communication channels, in order to establish our commitment to inclusion.

Some of the highlights of the report include:

  • The school’s purpose to inspire students to be the best version of themselves is at the core of everything they do.
  • I was fortunate enough to observe an assembly where the principal’s belief in the students and commitment to them could be felt with every word. The principal reiterated her team’s commitment to supporting all students to succeed.
  • From enhanced transition at the start of Year six to progression into sixth form, the staff demonstrate their commitment to inclusive practices and their drive to ensure that every child can succeed at Horbury and beyond.
  • The pupils are all extremely happy at Horbury. Their comments about the school and the teachers reflected their love of the school. It was a pleasure to witness so many pupils from all age groups engaging with one another.
  • The school ensures they identify and address any barriers to learning from the start of a student’s learning journey through their development of the one-page Teaching and Learning summary. The one-page summary is created to ensure staff are knowledgeable about all students and their needs.
  • Students of every level are challenged and given the support and opportunities to achieve highly and make progress. This can be through extra-curricular activities as well as personalised programmes.
  • The inclusive environment is reflected in the staff expertise. Class teachers are experienced and supported in teaching pupils with additional needs, in the classroom.
  • Belief in the CEO’s vision for success through inclusive practice was clear to see. The Chair of Governors is invited to Trust Board meetings which also allows a ‘seat at the table’ for Horbury to encourage change across the MAT and keep inclusion firmly on the agenda.
  • Resources are widely shared across the Trust and Research led Driver Groups allow staff to share good practice and are represented by different levels of leadership to ensure that all staff have the power to drive change.
  • Although the physical size of the building is large, and the spaces around you are very open, the school has a warm, friendly feel. Staff and students are always smiling. Students from different year groups mix freely with one another and you can see that friendships across the different years have been fostered.
  • From looking in student workbooks, feedback for students is regular, in line with the feedback policy, and allows a dialogue between the teacher and the student as the student responds to feedback.
  • Parents said they were happy that their child/children attended Horbury and that they felt their children were safe whilst at school.
  • This school is on an exciting journey with inclusion at the forefront of their journey, and I look forward to seeing their successes celebrated in the future.

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The Accord Multi Academy Trust is an educational charity established in September 2016 that is currently made up of four academies who were the founding members of the Trust. In September 2016 Horbury Academy and Ossett Academy & Sixth Form College came together, moving away from their stand-alone Trust status and were joined in December 2016 by Horbury Primary Academy and Middlestown Primary Academy.

The overarching vision for the Trust is to work in one ‘Accord – celebrating the differences of each academy through strong collaboration in order to inspire all members of our learning community to be the best that they can be.

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