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An Ofsted report into De La Salle Academy in Croxteth has recognised the work going on to drive up standards.

Inspectors visited the school at the start of October and have rated it as “inadequate”, but their report clearly recognises the hard work and success of Principal David Hayes since his arrival at the academy, supported by his leadership team, to overcome historic challenges and turn it around. He has been assisted by the council’s support service - School Improvement Liverpool.


Ofsted found teaching is improving but that not enough of it is good yet. Pupils behave well but do not attend enough, while not all are keen to work as hard as they could - and some do not expect enough of themselves.

They discovered high morale among staff who are on board with the Principal’s vision, which has been boosted by permanent appointments to replace supply teachers, and recognised that a new Governing body is now holding the leadership team to account. There is now a focus from heads of year on academic progress and attendance rather than solely pastoral care.

Significantly, pupil numbers have risen over the last two years for the first time in a long time thanks to the school working to improve its reputation and reaching out to the local community, such as creating a room that can be used by local groups, running intergenerational projects and setting up a community choir. Increased numbers on roll will put it on a firm financial footing and secure its long term future.

Principal David Hayes said: “The overall judgement makes uncomfortable reading and we are all disappointed, but accept it is a very fair reflection of where the Academy is at this moment in time.

“Everyone involved in De La Salle Academy - myself, the staff, governors and pupils, understands that while we are making fast progress, we have got a way to go and that not enough of our young people are achieving their full potential. This is something I am personally committed and dedicated to overcoming, as I expect the best for our young people.

“We are already on with tackling the historic issues the inspectors have found and are focusing relentlessly on making sure teaching is consistently good throughout the school, that we support families to make sure that pupils attend regularly and really challenge our young people to set high standards for themselves.

“I am grateful for the support I have received from everyone in the school community, along with School Improvement Liverpool who are helping me and my team make the changes needed, and this work is ongoing.

“This is an Academy that is on the up and I know that when the inspectors return for their monitoring visits they will see further improvements."

“Everyone here is determined to make sure we are re-graded as soon as possible.”

Assistant Mayor and Cabinet member for schools, Councillor Nick Small, said: “David Hayes is doing a fantastic job in turning around a school which had been in decline for a number of years before his appointment, supported by his staff and working in close partnership with pupils and their families.

“We are absolutely determined to make all of our schools as good as they can possibly be, which is why School Improvement Liverpool is supporting t​he school.

“Our commitment is reflected in the Liverpool Promise which we launched recently in partnership with schools, with an ambition to make education in our city the best in the country.”

The school will be holding a Parents Forum in the next few weeks to give them the chance to share their views and ask any questions and is looking forward to meeting as many as possible and discuss ways they can support the academy and pupils on its journey to improvement.

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I am extremely proud to be Principal of this prestigious academy. Having worked in education for over 20 years, with the last 10 at senior level, I feel privileged to have been appointed as Principal at The De La Salle Academy. This academy has been built on generations of high quality education and service to our community. It is my honour to continue this strong tradition long into the future.

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You do not know me but I just wanted you to know about my beautiful son who went to your school 20 years ago.

My son is 35 years old this Christmas. He loved going to your school and did very well. He is now living and working in Dubai as IIT Technical Operations manager for Emirates. He has lived and worked there now for 3 1/2 years and is doing very well.

He is also the most loving honest well-mannered son in the world and yes I am so proud of him not only in what he has achieved but also as a man. He is the best son and husband to his wife Joanne in the world.

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Thank you so much for allowing the pupils from The De La Salle Academy to visit our centre today and to take part in sport. As you know representatives from the Lottery Funding agency visited today and it was really important for them to see the facility being used by our community.

Not only did the representatives and staff see boys from the De La Salle Academy take part in badminton and football sessions, they also saw pupils who conducted themselves in a way that was a credit to you and the Academy.

It is quite some time since I met such well mannered, mature and extremely polite young people who gave a fantastic impression of our city to everyone who came to visit.

Once again I would like to thank you for all your help and support and I would also like to congratulate your pupils for making such a profound impression on us today!

Alan Gregory
Alt Valley Community Trust