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Chelsea Academy rated 'outstanding'
Chelsea Academy has been rated 'outstanding' by school inspectors from Ofsted.
The school, in Lots Road, only opened in 2009, moving to its current £43m building a year later, and received the inspection report this week after a visit in late May.
In the report, inspectors noted: 'Chelsea Academy is an outstanding academy. It inspires students to excel. It is a cohesive community that successfully nurtures talent in students and staff alike.
"Teaching is stimulating and supportive, students and teachers work co-operatively in lessons to ensure that best use is made of learning time. The academy has opened up a whole new world for its students."
The academy currently has 590 students across Years 7, 8, 9 and 12, with new intakes in September bringing that total up to around 900 youngsters.
Principal Andy Yarrow said: "We are all delighted with the outcome of the inspection. The whole academy, staff, governors and students, work incredibly hard to make sure that everything is done to the highest standards.
"To be recognised as outstanding in all aspects of our work is a great achievement and encouragement. Our vision has always been to be 'outstanding from the outset' and this commitment remains as we continue to grow and develop."
Sir Merrick Cockell, leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, and vice chairman of the academy's governors, added: "This report is excellent news for everyone connected with Chelsea Academy. To be rated outstanding in every section of the framework so soon after opening shows that the academy is already providing the highest standard of education for children in the Royal Borough."
The school also achieved an 'outstanding' rating from Ofsted in August 2011, when its 'impact, enthusiasm and professionalism' were praised by inspectors.
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