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Thomas Hinderwell Primary Academy

We will ensure that all children are nurtured, challenged and inspired so that they achieve the best outcomes during their time at our school and contribute positively to society.

Regional Schools Commission has confidence in Thomas Hinderwell Primary Academy

Thomas Hinderwell Primary has received another recognition of progress made in improving the school with a letter from the Regional Schools Commissioner for the area. As part of a procedural letter from the Department for Education triggered by the Ofsted inspection that took place in February 2020, the Regional Schools Commissioner makes clear that the David Ross Education Trust is taking “decisive action” and that the school and the trust have the capacity to improve the school further. 

This latest sign of progress follows an extremely positive visit from Ofsted, where the academy had the opportunity to demonstrate the positive strides we have made since their last formal inspection. These include strengthened governance and significant improvements in how we engage with parents. Attendance has also been strong throughout the term, despite the challenges of Covid, and above the national average. 

Stuart Burns, Chief Executive of the David Ross Education Trust said:

“There has been a huge amount of progress since the original Ofsted inspection back in February. We have had several meetings with the Regional Schools Commissioner to discuss the progress made, have been working closely with the local authority, and we have every confidence the academy will continue to go from strength to strength.  Under Dominique Osborne’s excellent leadership Thomas Hinderwell has turned a real corner, and we look forward to meeting with the Regional Schools Commissioner again in January to share news of further improvements.

“There are a number of schools in North Yorkshire who are rated the same as Thomas Hinderwell, and we expect to be one of the first to see an improved grading once Ofsted begin their full inspections next summer. As well as transforming Thomas Hinderwell, we are committed to helping other local schools come out of special measures as well.”