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 Challenge Partners Review in  January 2020 stated that “Teachers use increasingly effective strategies to enthuse students”

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

  • “Good systems for monitoring the quality of teaching are in place.”
  • “All staff work towards making improvements where they are needed”
  • “Strategies to improve students’ quality of education are evaluated and promoted to staff.”
  • “Leaders have ensured that the curriculum is appropriate for all students.”
  • “Students speak positively about their school.”
  • “Leaders promptly and precisely identified approaches that will have the most positive and rapid impact on students’ outcomes.”
  • “Students are keen to achieve and want to extend their knowledge and skills.”
  • “Teachers use insightful questioning to stimulate thought-provoking discussions and debates.”
  • “Students benefit from teachers’ good subject knowledge.”
  • “Students who require additional support are identified at an early stage.”

Orchard Mead Challenge Partners Review - Jan 2020
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