Staffordshire, United Kingdom
About Kingfisher Academy
Kingfisher Academy was opened in October 2014 replacing the Belvedere Junior School. The predecessor school had been in special measures since 2012 and little progress had been made to address the issues raised in that inspection. Since taking on responsibility for the academy Burton and South Derbyshire College as sponsor, working through the Burton and South Derbyshire Education Trust, has undertaken significant work to transform the learning experience for our young people. There are now clear signs that the transformation necessary is beginning to take place with that support. A strong leadership team is developing with a clear focus on teaching and learning and the current round of recruitment is designed to further enhance the capacity of the whole academy team to continue that journey.
Burton and South Derbyshire College is supporting the academy in a number of ways. This has included College staff and students volunteering to provide one-to-one mentoring for pupils, use of the College facilities for academy staff and pupils, using the College’s extensive industry and employer links to support learning in the classroom and in educational visits and providing specialist support across key areas of IT, HR, Estates and Governance.
We are under no illusions that there is still much to do in order to make Kingfisher Academy an exceptional place to teach and learn but that is our ambition. It is clear that, even at this early stage, the academy now has a buzz about it. The journey has begun and we are determined that we will make rapid progress to reach our ambitions targets for the academy and the young people that it serves. We are looking for people to join us on that journey.