Staffordshire University Academy (SUA) is proud to announce that it has been awarded a ‘Good’ judgement in all areas in its recent Ofsted inspection.

The academy has been on a transformational journey, which has resulted in positive change in the curriculum and culture, as detailed in the Ofsted report.

In recent years, through the extensive work and aspirations of academy leaders, staff, and students alongside the support of Staffordshire University Academies Trust (SUAT), the academy has received the recognition it deserves from Ofsted.

The Ofsted report states that students receive a good quality of education and praises the academy’s
well-behaved, respectful and well-mannered students. It also highlights the significant improvements in curriculum, behaviour and attendance. This judgement now rates SUA as ‘Good’ alongside its neighbouring high schools.

Principal, Rowena Hillier said, “We are thrilled that we have an Ofsted judgement that accurately reflects our high aspirations, creative and challenging curriculum alongside the engagement and amazing behaviour of our students. Our team of staff have worked incredibly hard to transform our curriculum, which is well-sequenced, ambitious and engaging in every subject; we are all so very proud.”

The report describes the academy as ‘caring’ with ‘a strong sense of community’ and mentions the wide range of extracurricular activities, charity and community initiatives that the students take part in.

Caroline Jobling, Chair of Governors said, “We are delighted that the academy’s relentless work to improve the quality of education has been recognised. I would like to praise the hard work of the staff and particularly the young people who rightly received praise in the report for being ‘respectful’ and ‘well-mannered’; comments that are echoed by the many visitors the academy has.”

Staffordshire University Academy was oversubscribed for the first time in its history in September 2023 a reflection of the academy’s growing reputation and high standing in the local and wider community.

Dr. James Capper, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Staffordshire University Academies Trust said, “Staffordshire University Academy is a fantastic school with dedicated staff who are extremely proud to work there and with students who are determined to succeed. The academy leadership and staff team are innovative in their approaches to teaching and learning, which with the support of Staffordshire University as sponsor, is driving continual improvement.”

Dr. Capper added, “I am delighted that the Ofsted inspection has recognised the dedication and hard work of the academy Principal and her leadership team, combined with that of the whole staff team. The clear vision at SUA, around the values of ‘Aspire, Believe and Achieve,’ combined with that of our Trust’s mission to ‘Achieve Better Outcomes’ for children, runs through everything we do across our family of schools. It is testament to the hard work of all involved that this has been recognised by Ofsted following their recent inspection.”

Staffordshire University Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive professor Martin Jones said, “We’re very proud to recognise and celebrate the achievements of Staffordshire University Academy, its staff and students. The staffing team at the academy are dedicated to making a difference to the life chances of their students and determined to drive high standards and deliver high quality education. This helps to equip the students with the knowledge and behaviours to further their progress in education and fulfil their career aspirations. This is a direct fit with Staffordshire University’s own mission to be a catalyst for change in the communities we serve.”

Principal, Rowena Hillier added, “This report is a clear indicator of our success and is a proud and significant moment in time reflecting our academy values in action: Aspire, Believe and Achieve!”