Ofsted Report


The former Hamilton Community College received an Ofsted inspection in October 2016. Since then, the school converted to academy status and been re-categorised as a ‘new’ school which ‘opened’ in September 2017. The school also changed its name to Orchard Mead Academy in August 2019.

The school has not been inspected since its conversion to academy status.

You will be able to find all future Ofsted reports and past Ofsted reports prior to our Academy Conversion using the links below.

For past Hamilton Community College Ofsted Reports click here.

For future Academy Ofsted reports click here.

Information regarding Ofsted may be found here.

Challenge Partners

Challenge Partners are a charity, owned and led by schools who work together to lead school improvement. They believe that, when schools are working in partnership to continually improve their practice, an excellent education for pupils will be achieved.

Challenge Partners are made up of over 300 schools, from all different backgrounds across the country, who recognise that they are stronger together and that collaboration is the key to continued success. They exist to support schools in that role by facilitating constructive collaboration and challenge between them and providing a platform for activities which would not be possible for a school to undertake on its own.

Together they aspire to become a world-class, knowledge-sharing community, which leads the way in school improvement and raises the standards of education for all.

Orchard Mead Academy is a member of Challenge Partners, and as such we have an annual review to evaluate our performance and areas of excellence.

Our most recent Challenge Partners Review in February 2019 stated that “Students’ work is regularly marked and misconceptions are addressed through effective improvement and response activities.

The review also went on to highlight the good practice that takes place in Orchard Mead every day.

  • “Positive behaviours for learning are apparent”
  • “Students are given the opportunity to interact with their peers and deepen their learning.”
  • “Students respect one another and are not afraid to learn from their mistakes.”
  • “Clear instructions and high expectations are apparent in all lessons.”
  • “Teachers have strong subject knowledge and know their students well.”
  • “The resources teachers deliver for students are creative and innovative.”