Ofsted praise for Isle primary school

Westwoodside primary Academy celebrate good Ofsted
Westwoodside primary Academy celebrate good Ofsted

The quality of teaching and learning has rapidly improved at an Isle primary academy, Ofsted inspectors found.

After its recent inspection, Westwoodside Church of England Academy was judged to be ‘good’ across the board, after being told it needed to improve after Ofsted’s previous visit.

Teaching is now good and pupils ‘make strong sustained progress from their starting points across a broad range of subjects’ said the report.

Headteacher June Richardson has ‘resolutely addressed inconsistencies in the school’s performance,” said inspectors, who added: “She is well supported by effective senior leaders.”

Governors too are ‘highly committed and determined to promote improvements,’ it was noted.

Changes in the school have been largely supported by parents, but ‘results from the staff survey were not as positive’ said inspectors. ‘Changes, which have driven up standards since the last inspection, have not always been well received by all members of staff, but leaders continue to communicate the need for these changes.’

A ‘rapidly developing’ curriculum is the result of teachers working together to write their own framework of topics, adds the report. And ‘a strong feature is the extra mile leaders go to ensure disadvantaged pupils or those with special educational needs receive support they need’.

To become outstanding, teaching in the school must challenge the most able pupils to their full potential, particularly in maths, said inspectors. Presentation and handwriting by a small minority of pupils must improve and some middle leaders need to develop their evaluation skills more.

Miss Richardson said: “ We are immensely proud of our report. All credit goes to the staff for their hard work and commitment in reaching this standard. We would also like to thank our governing body, who are a strong and determined voice for our school. We are incredibly proud of our pupils whose hard work, positive attitudes and behaviour were noted by inspectors. Our thanks also go to our parents who support their children on a daily basis and the members of the PTA whose hard work in supporting the school was also recognised.”

“This report is a reflection of our school community and the values we all hold dear. We have strong links with our local Church and other members of the community which enhances the work we do.”