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Cedars Academy had a full, 2 day Ofsted inspection on 18th and 19th January 2023

Download a copy of the full report here: 
Ofsted Inspection Report Jan 2023


Key findings:

Pupils thrive at Cedars Academy.

Staff have extremely detailed knowledge of each pupil and student and have developed strong, caring relationships with them all.

Pupils trust the adults who work with them They feel that they can always go to an adult if they need support with a concern.


Staff support pupils with SEND skilfully. Pupils who find communication difficult are well supported in their interactions with staff.

Pupils rise to the high expectations that adults have for them. Parents and carers are overwhelmingly positive about the school. Many parents made similar comments about the school such as one parent who said , "I think the staff at the school make a huge effort to support every child to do their best, according to their own individual needs and

Leaders are determined that all pupils should achieve to their full potential.

Staff make skilful adaptations to the curriculum for pupils who have more complex needs.

Leaders have developed a carefully considered approach to reading.  This begins at the earliest stages with enjoying shared stories with an adult to fluent reading of texts reflecting GCSE pathways. 

There is a strong culture of safeguarding across the school.

This report confirms that Cedars is still a Good school as described in our Full Section 5 Inspection Report 2017.  

Key Findings:

The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is OUTSTANDING.

The behaviour of pupils is OUTSTANDING. Pupils typically manage themselves with assured good manners, showing consistently deep consideration for others, both pupils and staff. On the rare occasions when pupils’ individual needs make it very difficult for them to manage themselves properly, they use effectively the techniques staff have taught them.

Staff are highly skilled at knowing when to intervene with additional support at an early stage to help pupils, when needed, to re-establish their positive behaviours. As a consequence, instances of low-level disruption are rare.

Pupils are open, welcoming and accepting of others from backgrounds different from their own. They know how to lead healthy lives and keep themselves safe.

Pupils enjoy coming to school. They feel safe and secure at school, and all groups of pupils attend very well. This enables them to learn well. Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school.​

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