Special school delighted with good Ofsted score

PUBLISHED: 07:58 13 September 2018

Westhaven School pupils and head of the PTA Chris Ashworth outside the old school sports hall.

Westhaven School pupils and head of the PTA Chris Ashworth outside the old school sports hall.

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A special school in Uphill has received a good rating from Ofsted in all areas.

Westhaven School, in Ellesmere Road, was told it required improvement at a previous inspection.

Inspectors have now praised the school and given it a good rating overall.

Deputy headteacher Jamie Peacock said: “We are absolutely delighted all the hard work, not only by the staff, but the children, parents and governors put in since we were given a ‘requires improvement’ rating.

“Everyone worked incredibly hard and the whole school is delighted it has paid off.”

More: Headteacher praises staff and pupils after positive Ofsted inspection.

The report stated: “Leaders, including governors, have successfully tackled the school’s areas for improvement identified at the previous inspection and have improved the quality of education and care that pupils receive.

“Self evaluation is accurate. As a result, improvement plans are effective in driving forward school improvement.

“Senior leaders are ably supported by the wider staff team. Together, they show a passion and determination to provide pupils with the best learning experiences.

“Teachers are highly skilled and passionate about their work. As a result, pupils make good progress and achieve well.”

The school received a good rating in all five areas – effectiveness of leadership and management; quality of teaching, learning and assessment; personal development, behaviour and welfare and outcomes for pupils.

The school caters for 102 children aged seven to 16 with learning difficulties and physical disabilities.

A number of improvements have been suggested to enable the school to perform even better.

More: School appeals for help to raise final £50,000 for new sports hall.

Inspectors suggested leadership and management could be improved by diminishing the difference between the performance of boys and girls – boys are not yet achieving as well as girls.

Other improvements include ensuring year seven catch-up funding is more wisely spent to further improve outcomes in reading and maths.

The report also stated the quality of teaching could be improved by consistently providing the highest level of challenge to enable pupils to make even stronger progress.

The school is raising money so it can build a dedicated sports hall.

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