The Palmer Academy now a “Good” school after recent Ofsted inspection

The Palmer Academy in Reading has been rated as “Good” by Ofsted after being inspected this month. The school, which is part of REAch2 Academy Trust, was previously rated as “Requires Improvement” in June, 2015.

The primary school, which teaches pupils aged 3 to 11 was judged as “Good” in all areas. The report notes that since the last inspection “school leaders and governors have brought about considerable improvements to the school. In close cooperation with the academy trust, the leadership team has been strengthened and provides a clear direction to the work of the school.”

The report states “ambitious leaders have introduced a planned programme of training. This has improved the quality of teaching so that it is consistently good across the school” and staff were described as planning “imaginative activities for pupils that inspire pupils to work hard. Consequently, pupils achieve well across the school in reading, writing and mathematics”. School leaders and governors were said to have “an accurate view of what the school does well and where further improvements are needed.”

The report highlights that “pupils behave well in class and around the school. They get on well together and they appreciate the help and support provided by staff.” They also “enjoy a wide range of extra activities”. Disadvantaged pupils and pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities were described as “[achieving] at least as well as other pupils. This is because they receive effective support that is directed towards their specific learning needs.”

Robert Wyld and Salima Ducker, Executive Headteachers, and Dominic Prendergast, Deputy Headteacher, said:

“We are all incredibly proud that The Palmer Academy has been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in our recent inspection. The journey to ‘Good’ has been a challenging and rewarding one involving many members of staff, parents, pupils and representatives from REAch2 Academy Trust.”

“We would like to say a special ‘thank you’ to everyone who has played a part in this transformation for your commitment in raising the standards and aspirations at the school over recent years. We are developing an exciting plan to continue our improvement and our vision to provide learning and exceptional opportunities for all.”

Sir Steve Lancashire, CEO of REAch2 Academy Trust, said:

“The team at The Palmer are fully committed to offering exceptional opportunities for learning to each and every one of their pupils and this has really shone through in their recent Ofsted report. We are all proud and pleased that the hard work and dedication of all staff and pupils has been recognised.”

Interested parents can find out more about The Palmer Academy at

The full report can be seen here.