Ofsted success for converted Queensbury

Queensbury Academy was given a 'good' Ofsted rating
Queensbury Academy was given a 'good' Ofsted rating

A Dunstable principal has hailed his school’s success after it was given a ‘good’ Ofsted rating– just three years after its predecessor was deemed to be inadequate.

Queensbury School was converted to an academy in September 2012 after inspectors panned teaching and the performance of students at the school.

Now in its first full Ofsted inspection since conversion Queensbury Academy has been rated as ‘good’ , with a raft of improvements made across the board.

Inspectors judged teaching to be “usually good and sometimes outstanding”– a “rapidly” improved level from what it was.

Principal Oliver Button was praised for “strong and effective” work.

The report read: “The Principal has skilfully steered the academy’s development through a very challenging period, driving essential improvements in behaviour, the quality of teaching and standards.

“At a time of potentially debilitating staff cuts, the academy has sustained a sharp focus on raising standards and strengthening teaching, with a comparatively small team of senior leaders.”

Mr Button told Dunstable Gazette: “We are all delighted with such a fantastic report and for the recognition of how far Queensbury Academy has come in a relatively short period of time.

“By working together we have achieved something really special and we are confident we will continue to move rapidly towards our goal of becoming an outstanding school and one of the highest performing state schools in the country.”