The Hundred of Hoo Academy was last inspected in July 2018 and was judged to be a Good school with Outstanding judgements in Leadership and EYFS. The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding.
- Leaders’ clear determination and unwaveringly high expectations ensure a culture of continual improvement. Staff and governors are highly committed to this cause. The mantra of ‘no excuses’ is evident throughout the school.
- Middle and senior leaders check standards in the school carefully. They act on what they learn, putting effective and appropriate staff training in place where necessary. This supports the constant and ongoing development of leadership and teaching across the school.
- Leaders adapt the curriculum skilfully over time, to ensure that it prepares pupils increasingly well for the future. The appropriately broad range of timetabled subjects is complemented creatively by extracurricular opportunities, including in technology and the expressive arts.
- Teachers structure pupils’ learning in a way that removes barriers and develops confidence. Well-established learning routines support teachers’ high expectations for pupils’ conduct and engagement with their learning.
- Leaders make very effective use of expertise in the secondary phase to support the quality of the wider curriculum in the primary phase. Consequently, key stage 1 pupils learn well across a range of subjects.
- Pupils typically make good progress over time because they know how to improve. They routinely act on feedback about their work, in line with the school’s policy, which develops their knowledge, skills and understanding well.
- Leaders’ use additional funding successfully to help close achievement gaps for key groups of pupils, such as the disadvantaged and those who have an education, health and care plan.
- Safeguarding is effective. Staff promote pupils’ personal development and welfare extremely well. Their determined work is supported appropriately by useful systems that ensure concerns are acted on promptly.
- Staff manage pupils’ behaviour well, using clear and consistent routines. Work to develop pupils’ independence in regulating their own behaviour is ongoing.
- Leaders have quickly established outstanding provision in early years. Children enjoy learning and are supported well to make good progress. They are prepared well for key stage 1.
- Students in the sixth form make increasingly good progress over time. High-quality guidance and support prepare them well for the future.