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Jun 18, 2018

Wolstanton leaders wow Ofsted

Leadership at Wolstanton High School has been praised by Ofsted following its first inspection since converting to Academy status.

The Staffordshire-based school received positive feedback from Her Majesty’s Inspector regarding the improvements made to the school since the change in leadership last year.

Leaders at the Academy were commended for having a clear understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses, and using this information to effectively strengthen the quality of provision.  

Julie Yarwood, Executive Principal at the school, said: “We feel that the inspection was absolutely fair and has validated the journey of improvement taken so far and the fact that the school is very definitely moving in the right direction at considerable pace.”

In particular, Ofsted noted that the school’s provision for pupils with SEND is well led, with marked improvements in these pupils outcomes, and that the actions taken by leaders to improve teaching, learning and assessment has resulted in high-quality practice across the school.

This was supported by Ofsted evidencing that pupils in every year group have made much improved progress, with pupils “becoming more successful learners” and “having a positive attitude towards learning”, while an increased emphasis on personal development means “pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain”.

The leadership at the school was not the only aspect to be commended, with the variety of staff development and training opportunities provided by the Shaw Education Trust being noted for helping to create a positive climate for staff development, increase leadership capacity and the sharing of good practice.

The Trust was further applauded for providing a wide range of effective support and challenge to leaders and staff, evidencing that this has contributed to the increased quality of education provided.

Ofsted concluded that “leaders and staff are taking effective action to improve the school”, with “a positive and ambitious culture” being created for both staff and pupils.

Talking of the inspection outcome, Mrs Yarwood commented: “We are delighted the Ofsted inspection team has agreed with the school’s own evaluation of current performance.”

To view the full Ofsted report, visit http://www.wolstantonhigh.org.uk/about-us/key-information/ofsted-report