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Issue 56 February - March 2015 The Community Newspaper for the Towns and Villages


of East Cleveland, Redcar & North York Moors, telling the real news and views of the people of our region


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tolerance in all students’ relationships. “All students progress successfully to employment, training and education. “Relationships with staff are good, underpinning the strong sense of community in the Academy. The atmosphere in classrooms and in social areas is calm, harmonious and orderly. “Parents report that high levels of support are provided for their children.


“Expectations are high and challenging.” Freebrough Academy opened in 2010 and Linda Halbert is delighted with the results of the latest inspection. Linda said: “The success of Freebrough is down to strong partnership working as well as the hard work and determination of staff, students, parents and the local community”.


“I appreciate the belief people have in the Academy and we don’t want to let anyone down. We are determined that we will be Outstanding in the future. This Inspection outcome has moved us signifi cantly further towards that shared goal”. “I am delighted that Ofsted have recognised our


achievements and the capacity we have to move forward”. “The support and guidance from our sponsors and partnership agencies has been incredible and has enabled us to create a vibrant learning community in which young people are inspired and motivated to achieve excellence.” Professor Liz Holey, Pro Vice-Chancellor


(Quality) at Teesside University, (Freebrough’s main sponsor) said: “We value our role as lead sponsor of Freebrough Academy and are delighted, but not entirely surprised, with the results of the OFSTED inspection. “We have seen fi rst-hand the incredible amount of hard work and dedication that has been put in to improving the Academy and it really is going from strength to strength. “In Linda, the Academy has an inspirational leader with an infectious enthusiasm and vision which fi lters through to staff and students. “I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to the Academy and we look forward to working closely together for many years to come.”


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Linda Halbert &Professor Liz Holey, Chair of Governors (and Vice Chancellor at Teesside University) with Freebrough students F


ollowing their Ofsted inspection in early January, Freebrough Academy, in Brotton, has been graded “good”. and everyone involved with the Academy are celebrating their brilliant achievement.


According to Ofsted grading, a good school is


effective in delivering outcomes that provide well for all its pupils’ needs. Pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education, training or employment. With Ofsted grading on four levels it means the Freebrough are now aiming to meet the ‘outstanding’ school criteria. The Academy, sponsored by Teesside University, Prior Pursglove College and Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, was commended for its high expectations, positive behaviour of students and engagement with parents.


It also received praise for the determination and high ambitions of Principal Linda Halbert,


as well as the strength of teaching and the progression of students to employment, training or further education.


The OFSTED report states: “The principal’s clarity of vision and drive to secure the highest levels of achievement has been fundamental in the academy’s unrelenting improvement since opening. Her strong sense of purpose permeates the academy from top to bottom. All staff and students have subscribed to the academy ethos and vision. “The behaviour of students is good. Students are friendly, polite and very positive about the quality of experiences that they receive in the Academy. “Relationships are a significant strength in


the Academy. This helps students to work diligently, and to ensure that pupils are kept safe and behave well.


“ Discrimination is not tolerated in any form and fi rm emphasis is placed upon fostering respect and


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