A SCHOOL placed in special measures and described as failing just three years ago has received a glowing report after a visit from Ofsted inspectors.

Kinson Academy was scrutinised during a two-day visit from government inspectors in May and their positive report grading the school as Good has just been published.

The mixed school, in School Lane, Kinson, Bournemouth, has 223 pupils between the ages of four and 11 and inspectors said the pupils feel happy and safe there.

They said all are welcome at the school and that pupils show understanding and support for others who have different needs.

The report continues: “The school’s motto, ‘High expectations lead to high achievers’, captures their aims well. Pupils almost always meet these high expectations. The school is calm and orderly. Pupils work hard in lessons and there is very little disruption to learning. “Pupils, staff and parents and carers say that bullying is rare. Pupils say that adults deal with this quickly if it does occur. Parents are very positive about communication with the school. They know what their children are learning and appreciate the good relationships they have with staff.

“Many of them take up the valuable opportunities available to support them to play a part in their children’s early education.”

Ofsted inspectors said reading is a priority for all pupils who enjoy a wide range of texts and added: “They are excited and motivated by initiatives to encourage them to read. Parents actively support their children with reading. The programme used to teach phonics and reading is well embedded. Teachers receive high-quality training that ensures that they teach phonics and reading well.”

The quality of education and the curriculum across the board were praised, as was safeguarding and the provision for pupils with special educational needs.

The school became part of the successful Ambitions Academies Trust in 2019 and has been praised for the improvements made.

Trust CEO Sian Thomas said: “Everybody at Ambitions is so proud of what Kinson have achieved over the past few years. I know with the quality of leaders and staff we have at Kinson that the school will continue going from strength to strength.”

Michele Lawson, principal, said: “Kinson Academy has a lot to be proud of, moving from special measures to Good within three years and dealing with the unforeseen events of Covid. Trust, governors, staff, parents, carers and, most importantly, the pupils all work hard every day to create something very special here in our Academy. I am extremely proud to lead Kinson and look forward to building on our success.”