Staff and students at a Swindon secondary school are celebrating the results of their latest Ofsted report.

Lydiard Park Academy has maintained its Good rating after a recent inspection.

Inspectors visited the educational facility for the first time since the pandemic and noted that staff work tirelessly to provide a well-rounded education with a “broad and ambitious curriculum” that prepares pupils for success in their future.

They wrote: “Staff talk with passion about how the contributions they make to the running of the school are making a difference for pupils.”

Swindon Advertiser: Lydiard Park Academy has maintained its Good Ofsted ratingLydiard Park Academy has maintained its Good Ofsted rating (Image: Lydiard Park Academy)

The report also mentioned that the school's arrangements for safeguarding are effective, staff are well equipped to fulfil their roles, adults know the special educational needs of pupils well, and pupils are well behaved, show pride in their work and are keen to learn.

Principal Gary Pearson said: “The whole academy is thrilled to see our efforts being recognised by Ofsted.

“Key to the continuing success of the school is the ongoing support from our pupils, parents and the wider community.

“We are committed to maintaining high standards of academic achievement while creating a safe and inclusive environment where every pupil can thrive and reach their full potential.

"We are constantly seeking new ways to enhance the educational experience for our pupils and to ensure that they have access to the resources and support they need to excel.

“We are particularly pleased the Ofsted inspectors praised how well we prepare our pupils for the next stages of their education - be that our excellent sixth form or higher education once they leave us.”

The report highlights that “the extensive individual guidance received by students in the sixth form means that they are aspirational about their ambitions when they leave the school”.

The academy aims to build on its success and continue making a positive impact in the lives of pupils for years to come.

As for what could be improved, the report notes that: “In some areas of the curriculum pupils and students are not given the opportunity to discuss their learning with others.

“This hinders their ability to debate and to deepen their thinking about complex issues and concepts.

“The trust should help pupils and students develop their oracy skills and provide them with opportunities for discussion and debate.”