Stow Heath Primary completes turnaround with Good rating

June 8, 2017

 

A Wolverhampton school placed into special measures three years ago is now "Good" across the board, according to Ofsted.

 

Inspectors visited Stow Heath Primary School last month and found "an improving school", where leaders work "with drive and ambition to the benefit of staff and pupils".

 

They said the commitment of senior leaders and staff was resulting in the majority of pupils doing well in a range of subjects, with pupils behaving well, enjoying attending school and having a "good attitude to their learning".

 

Early Years children "get off to a good start in their education" and make rapid progress from their starting points, while governors "take an active role, both supporting and challenging staff to be the best they can be".

 

The report concluded that the effectiveness of leadership and management, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, the personal development, behaviour and welfare of pupils, the outcomes for pupils and the Early Years provision at Stow Heath are all Good.

 

Headteacher Vivienne Bunce said: “The outcome of our Ofsted inspection is a testament to the drive and ambition of leaders and the hard work and dedication shown by all the staff and Governors during our journey from Special Measures in December 2013 to Good today.

 

“The report reflects our school motto, ‘Shine like a Star’, which demonstrates the ambition that we have for our school, and also recognises the good progress made by pupils, their good behaviour and that they feel safe in school and enjoy their time with us.”

 

Bill Hague, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Head of School Planning and Resources, said: "The turnaround at Stow Heath Primary School over the last three years is very impressive and testament to the hard work of Vivienne Bunce and her leadership team, the teachers and support staff, governors, pupils and parents.

 

"The council's School Improvement Team has worked closely with Stow Heath to support their recovery with termly reviews and school improvement board meetings. These were used to validate the school’s own self-evaluation and identify any support required for particular aspects of the curriculum, teaching and learning.


“We look forward to Stow Heath continuing its rapid improvement and becoming an Outstanding school in due course.”

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