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Cllr Graham Morgan leader of Knowsley Council outside Park View School with representatives from the school and the Dean Trust

Park View Academy judged to be “Good”

by Emily Maguire

Park View Academy in Huyton, part of the Dean Trust, has achieved a “Good” Ofsted judgement following an inspection in April 2024.

The school was judged to be “Good” overall, but “Outstanding” for behaviour and attitudes and personal development. “Good” judgements were also confirmed for the quality of education, leadership and management and early years provision.

Inspectors noted that:-

  • Pupils love the welcoming atmosphere at Park View Academy. The excellent relationships that they have with one another make the school a happy place to be.
  • The high expectations that the school sets for pupils’ learning help to ensure that they achieve well in subjects across the curriculum.
  • From the outset, children in early years settle very quickly and develop curiosity and an enjoyment of learning. Pupils across the school are equally motivated to learn.
  • Pupils are guided well to manage their own behaviour, particularly those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). As a result, their conduct around school is exemplary.
  • Older pupils relish the prestigious leadership roles that are available, including being ‘play leaders’ at break times.
  • Pupils are proud of their school and have a strong sense of belonging.
  • Pupils delight in seeing each other praised for their efforts in their weekly celebration assemblies.
  • The school has made effective use of the expertise within the trust to design a curriculum that clearly sets out what pupils will learn in each subject.
  • Staff develop pupils’ learning well by building on their prior knowledge.
  • Particular attention is paid to preparing pupils for their next steps in learning, such as when moving from Reception into key stage 1.
  • In the early years and key stage 1, there is a comprehensive approach to developing phonics knowledge, enabling pupils to read with increasing accuracy.
  • There are comprehensive strategies in place to identify any pupil who may have SEND.
  • The school’s exceptional approach to pupils’ personal development helps to build their resilience and character.
  • Parents and carers appreciate the way in which they see their children flourish as individuals.
  • The school sets firm expectations that pupils will regularly attend school.
  • Trustees check well on the work of the local governing board and the local governing board promotes school improvement well by asking leaders challenging questions about the quality of the school’s provision.
  • The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Cllr David Lonergan, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said:

“I was delighted to read this latest Ofsted report for Park View Academy. The school has made great improvements over the last few years, having gone from “Requires Improvement” in December 2021 to now being “Good” with some areas judged to be “Outstanding.” Damien Kenny, the Executive Head Teacher, and his staff, Governors, Trustees, pupils and parents / carers should all be incredibly proud of this achievement – well done.”