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Haberdashers' Knights Academy


Knights Academy is rated Good by Ofsted

We are delighted that Knights Academy has secured another a 'Good' rating by Ofsted in January 2023. 

  • School praised for being a place where pupils personal development and additional activities and visits are prioritised alongside an ambitious curriculum
  • Pupils want to learn and are motivated to do so. They meet the high expectations placed on them and are well supported 
  • Knights Academy was rated 'Good' in all areas in its latest inspection by Ofsted on 25 and 26 January 2023. The full report will be available on the Ofsted website soon - we will add a link to this here when this is live. 

The inspectors found that:

Pupils want to learn and are motivated to do so. They are eager to discuss new ideas with their peers and teachers alike

The curriculum supporting pupils’ personal development is ambitious. Careful sequencing aims to support pupils to deepen their knowledge of important issues such as physical health and emotional well-being. Pupils are taught to respect others, including those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Pupils appreciate the wide range of information they receive about further education, employment and training.

 Other highlights from the report include: 

  • Pupils are well supported to build up their knowledge and skills over time with lessons being “purposeful”
  • Pupils take part in an extensive range of additional activities and visits, include the Open Minds Club and Combined Cadet Force with all pupils encouraged to work towards the ‘Knights Shield’, which recognises participation in visits, work experience and community events
  • The school has a curriculum that is ambitious, matches what is expected nationally and the knowledge that pupils need to learn is logically sequenced so that learning develops cumulatively from the primary phase and supporting “pupils to build their understanding effectively over time
  • Teachers have strong subject knowledge and use this effectively to present ideas, routinely checking pupils’ understanding of what they are learning and as a result, “pupils are typically well placed to tackle more challenging concepts because they have practised and embedded simpler ideas”
  • Pupils with special educational needs and /or disabilities (SEND) access the same curriculum as their peers” and “leaders consider the needs of these pupils when designing the curriculum” and as a result “pupils with SEND are well supported to build up their knowledge over time”. 
  • Leaders have prioritised pupils’ reading ensuring additional tailored support for those who need it is provided and is effective 
  • Staff at all levels are positive about working at the school and the school and Trust leaders work together closely to review the school’s effectiveness 

Read the full inspection report - January 2023

Comparing Knights Academy to other schools

You can view how Knights Academy compares to other schools on the DfE Schools Performance website.