OFSTED Success for Innovative Education Trust

A local Multi-Academy Trust known for the innovative way it improves schools is living up to its well-earned reputation after sailing through five OFSTED inspections in as many weeks.

Wellspring Academy Trust, which runs 15 Academies across a region spanning from Leeds to Lincolnshire and has seven new build schools in development, is considered a model of inclusive practice and school effectiveness.
The Trust recorded three Good Ofsted inspection grades and two Outstanding grades in its Special and Alternative Academies in Barnsley and Grimsby.

Mark Wilson, Trust Chief Executive Officer said: “This was an unusual level of Ofsted activity for a Trust in such a short period of time, but it is one that our Academy teams dealt with very capably. The inspection outcomes in each case demonstrate the strength, depth and resilience of each of the Academies and, by extension, of the Trust overall.

We are, of course, delighted. Successful Ofsted inspections are, however, not an end in themselves. They are a by-product of the rigour, focus, determination, effort, craft, analysis and care that is our daily work in the Academies.”
Last month, Wellspring, which also counts Victoria and Ebor Gardens Primaries among its number in Leeds, opened the doors of its newest school.

Springwell Leeds East, in Seacroft, is part of a £45m three school building programme in the city. The two further Springwell Academies will open in the North and South of the city later this year with a new Wellspring Primary School due to open in Middleton in September 2018.

“Wellspring is rather unique,” says Mark.

“We value and celebrate the individuality of all of our Academies and students. We’re not a Trust franchise model. Our approach is rooted in Moral Purpose and local autonomy that, as the recent Ofsted verdicts demonstrate, lead to great outcomes for our young people and our Academies. We all believe very passionately in inclusion and pay far more than lip service to the mantra of ‘Students First’.

“Wellspring has a proud track record of no permanent exclusion from our Academies since the Trust began nearly five years ago, despite choosing to work in some of the most challenging circumstances in the region.”

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