Knole Academy was last inspected in November 2015. We believe (as does the director for education in Kent) that we are a good school but following a controversial OfSTED inspection, we were given the judgment of “Requires Improvement”. We were very disappointed with this judgment and with the treatment of our 26 page letter of complaint. Of course, even outstanding schools can find ways of improving and we are never complacent. We have done much soul searching and have worked extremely hard to ensure that we can be the best we can possibly be. There is continuous self-scrutiny and a willingness by all staff to improve their practice and this is supported by a committed governing body. Visitors, students and parents will and do make their own decisions about how good we are but please visit us to make your own decision. Our examination results were extremely good for a cohort which was significantly below average on entry. As each new year group joins the academy the academic profile is changing so that we are now average ability on entry. This is clearly as a result of our more balanced intake which incorporates a grammar stream. For more information about GCSE and A’ Level results, please look at our prospectus or visit the DFE performance tables website by clicking here.
In addition to our academic achievements we also have a thriving Duke of Edinburgh scheme and every child in the school is given a ‘culture voucher’ which they can spend on a school visit to the opera or ballet, a historical trip to the First World War Battlefields, a day in the French markets of Boulogne or one of many other opportunities. As an expressive arts school we believe that building creativity in young people will assist them in the workplace and in their future lives so we prioritise presenting outstanding school productions, regular concerts and dance shows, and a thriving art gallery which displays the work of our students, and of visiting artists.
We are very proud of our students and our school.