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Challenge Partners


As a school, we believe that self-reflecting is an effective way to ensure that we continue to improve and secure the best outcomes for our children. This is why we have joined Challenge Partners: a teacher-led national network of schools focused on improving school performance through peer-to- peer challenge and knowledge sharing. We welcomed Challenge Partners to Five Islands Academy in November 2021 and then again in May 2022 for our annual Quality Assurance Reviews. Both reports can be viewed in full below.


During the reviews, the senior leaders and the visiting review team visited each class, followed by an in-depth discussion on the practice observed. Outcomes from the review are agreed between the school and the review team. A Challenge Partner review is different from other external inspections such as Ofsted and Local Authority reports. Additionally, due to the review’s focus on teaching and learning, it does not consider areas such as safeguarding or governance and its outcomes cannot be directly comparable to an Ofsted inspection.


The Challenge Partners QA Review in May 2022 found that Five Islands Academy had acted on all recommendations made in November, and evaluated our provision as Leading in All Areas, with an accredited Area of Excellence in provision for students with special educational needs (SEND).



Since the Five Islands Academy reopened as a new school in 2019, we have not received an Ofsted Visit. The Five Islands Academy therefore does not have an Ofsted rating. The Ofsted reports below relate to the Five Islands School, now closed. 

Below is a letter from HMI Julie Carrington and the Ofsted team, regarding their final two-day monitoring visit on September 18th and 19th 2018.