In a two day inspection on Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd November the school was judged to have made significant progress. Our school is improving rapidly and no longer requires Special Measures.
The four strong Ofsted team looked at all aspects of the school’s work. They observed 40 lessons, examined a range of students’ work, observed behaviour around school and held meetings with many different groups of staff and students. They identified many positive features and areas where progress has been made including:-
- The actions of school leaders have led to rapid improvements in behaviour, teaching, pupils’ progress and behaviour.
- The Headteacher and his new senior team have been relentless in their drive to create a strong and aspirational culture, which is increasingly shared by staff and pupils.
- Pupils are smartly dressed: they like their new uniform and are proud of their school. They respond positively to the school’s ethos of pursuing excellence.
- Pupils feel safe in school and understand how to keep themselves safe.
- Pupils’ attitudes to learning are improving. They are respectful of each other and of adults and their conduct around school is generally good.
- Since the last inspection the quality of teaching has improved significantly across the curriculum. Leaders have been effective in eradicating weak teaching. The school has recruited and retained well qualified teachers who have added to its growing strengths.
- Leaders, including the education advisory board which replaced the governing body know the school’s strengths and weaknesses well and have sharply focussed plans for improvement.
Along with our 2016 exam results, which were our best for many years, the Ofsted report paints a significantly improved picture of our school.
However the overall Ofsted judgement is ‘requires improvement’ and we are not easing up on our improvement journey. Working as part of the Community Academies Trust we have a relentless focus on ‘ensuring excellence’ and will use this report as a springboard to further progress.
On a personal note I am pleased that Ofsted have recognised the progress the school has made. I would like to thank all of you – students, parents, residents and other local schools – for the support you have given us over the last two years and the trust you have placed in us.
I would now ask you to continue to support us as we raise expectations further. The strong and aspirational culture we are creating as part of the Community Academies Trust will be a challenge to all of us in our learning community. But it is a challenge to which we must all rise if we are to support the young people in our care to reach the highest levels of academic, social and personal achievement.
Philip Hamilton, CEO of the Community Academies Trust, would also like to share his thoughts on the Ofsted process and the way forward, “Since The Wilnecote School has joined our Trust, the energy and determination to move forward has been apparent. I am proud of the efforts of all members of the school community to improve the school. The strength of leadership and governance now in place, and the support available to the school from others in our Trust, will ensure that the rapid improvements described in the report will be built upon and the areas for improvement addressed quickly”.
A copy of the full Ofsted report is available via the link below. If you would like a paper copy please ring the school and we will ensure that you receive one.