Westwood Junior School praised by inspectors in glowing Ofsted report

PUBLISHED: 08:00 13 January 2015

Westwood Junior School good Ofsted. Picture: Steve Williams.

Westwood Junior School good Ofsted. Picture: Steve Williams.

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A school has been praised for improvements made since its last inspection in a glowing Ofsted report.

Westwood Junior School, which two years ago was told it “requires improvement”, has been rated as “good”, with the quality of teaching and pupils good behaviour highlighted.

Pupils “love” the school and have “a great deal of confidence” in the staff, which is reflected in improved Key Stage results, the inspection team said.

The inspection team said: “Previous weaknesses have been tackled with vigour. Pupils overall attainment at the end of Key Stage has risen consistently since the last inspection.

“Good teaching enables pupils to make good progress. Pupils love school and enjoy their lessons. They have a great deal of confidence in the staff.

“Pupils have good attitudes to their work, behave well and have a good understanding of how to keep themselves safe.

“The curriculum is well-planned and teachers in different year groups work well together to provide worthwhile learning experiences for the pupils.

“Staff assess pupils progress in lessons systematically, match the work they set well to pupils different abilities and use teaching assistants effectively to support pupils who need extra help.”

Head teacher Gill Thomas and the school’s governors were commended for the “well-led” school.

The inspection team said: “The school is well-led. Leaders’ regular reviews of teaching have helped individual staff to improve and are raising achievement.

“Governors both support the school and provide it with effective challenge.”

The school’s close relationship with parents has “significantly” boosted attendance, the report said.

The inspection team added: “Parents express positive views of the school. The school provides well for pupils who require extra emotional support.”

To become an “outstanding” school, boys attainment in writing and girls in maths, which are still below average, need to improve.

Headteacher Gill Thomas said: “We are very pleased that the inspectors recognised how far the school has come.

“This is due to the hard work and commitment of all involved in the school – teachers, support staff, governors, parents and of course our children.”

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