Ofsted gives Good rating to Woodthorne Primary School

March 26, 2018

A Tettenhall primary school has been rated Good, with Ofsted highlighting a number of improvements in recent years.

 

Inspector Diane Pye found the leadership team at Woodthorne Primary School had “maintained the good quality of education in the school” since its last inspection and that academic standards in reading, writing and mathematics were above average.

 

She noted "some very strong teaching" and a "healthy reading culture" at the Woodthorne Road South school, and said that interim headteacher Tom Hinkley has "realistic, ambitious plans for the future".

 

She said that several aspects of the school have strengthened in recent years, including Phonics teaching which has "gone from strength to strength" – indeed, the proportion of pupils reaching the expected standard for their age in Year 1 has risen year on year and was "well above the national figure" in 2017. Early Years provision has also improved.

 

Good academic standards have been maintained during a period in which there were some changes to Woodthorne Primary's senior leadership team and governing body.

 

Pupils said they were happy and proud of their school, which "helps them make the most of their abilities and develop responsible attitudes".

 

Mr Hinkley said: "I am so proud of the children and staff at Woodthorne and I feel the outcome reflects all of their hard work.

 

“I would like to thank our parents for their continued support, dedication and passion towards Woodthorne. I am also really pleased that our Governing body has had the recognition that they deserve.”

 

Councillor Claire Darke, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education, said: "I would like to congratulate everyone involved for this positive report which demonstrates the good standard of education being provided to children at Woodthorne Primary School."

 

The inspection of Woodthorne Primary was the first since the school was judged to be Good in 2014.

 

Nearly 90% of schools in Wolverhampton are now rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted. To find out more about education in the City, please visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/education.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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