Woodend School – Good school “improving rapidly and sustainably” says Ofsted

Councillor Phil Bateman said today “I am delighted to pass on this ‘good news’ in what has become a month of bad news, washing over us on a daily basis. The ‘Good News’ is the performance of Woodend School. Please read the rest of the News Release. But I want to congratulate the Head and the teachers, plus all the other staff members who have worked so hard with the pupils and parents to get the performance that is being released for public view. Good school “improving rapidly and sustainably” says Ofsted

A Wolverhampton primary school “is improving rapidly and sustainably”.

Ofsted inspectors who judged it to be Good visited Woodend Primary recently and found the school to be “very well organised in every respect”.

Leaders have shown “strong professional judgement” and “chosen the right things to focus on” and – as a result – the school is “improving rapidly and sustainably”, with progress by the end of Key Stage 2 showing significant improvement year-on-year. Staff also recognise that Wood End Primary is well led.

Leaders have very high expectations of what pupils can achieve and are insightful when they monitor the effectiveness of the curriculum, making changes to improve its effectiveness as required.

They know individual pupils “very well and regularly check how well pupils are learning. They use this knowledge to support any pupils who may be struggling.” Equally, they ensure that, when pupils grasp new ideas easily, they are then made to think more deeply. Pupils use a range of different techniques and resources to help them to learn.

The children themselves “enjoy their time at the school and make friends easily”. They are “really involved and interested in their learning… respond well to teachers’ guidance” and “behave very well in class and on the playground”.

The school also pays good attention to pupils’ wider personal development, with pupils taking up positions of responsibility as prefects or taking part in after-school sports clubs.

Sue Bonner, co-chair of governors, said: “The staff and children have worked extremely hard to raise standards at the school. We are incredibly proud of the vision that has been set and the dedication shown by all to achieve it. ”

Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “This is an excellent inspection report which shows that Wood End Primary School is not only improving rapidly, but that this improvement is being sustained.

“I would like to congratulate everyone connected with the school for their continuing hard work.”

The inspection of Wood End Primary was the first since it was judged to be Good in 2015.

Latest figures show that 13,000 more children now attend Good or Outstanding-rated schools in Wolverhampton than they did five years ago. To find out more about education, please visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/education.

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more