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The Stoke-on-Trent school where ‘kindness’ is key and pupils ‘look after each other’

The Stoke-on-Trent school where ‘kindness’ is key and pupils ‘look after each other’

A Stoke-on-Trent secondary school’s commitment to “teaching kindness” has reaped its rewards after inspectors praised how much the staff and children “take care of one another”.

Haywood Academy in Burslem was rated as ‘good’ in what was the school’s first Ofsted inspection since 2017. The report, published last week, revealed how most teachers felt “proud” to work at the High Lane school, which caters for 1,130 children – more than 50 of which are sixth form students.

The inspection team visited the school over two days in April and described the curriculum in most subjects as “ambitious” and “carefully sequenced”. Haywood Academy was rated ‘good’ in every department bar sixth-form provision where concerns were raised over students’ attendance.

The school’s previous two inspections which took place after it became an academy also saw it handed ‘good’ ratings on both occasions.

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The latest report states: “Pupils at Haywood Academy, and students in the school’s sixth form, enjoy coming to school. They feel part of a caring community that supports them to do as well as they can. Classrooms are calm spaces where the focus is firmly on learning. The vast majority of pupils work hard and try their very best.

“High expectations of behaviour are well established and well understood. Pupils value the rewards they receive for good behaviour. There is great emphasis on teaching kindness in this school. As a result, pupils and students take care of one another.

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  • June 25, 2023