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School where 'pupils achieve great things' rated Outstanding

A school where 'pupils achieve great things' has been rated Outstanding by Ofsted once again.

Inspectors found children at Whitgreave Primary School 'achieve exceptionally well' because 'leaders and staff have the highest of expectations' and that its knowledgeable staff 'teach exciting and inspirational lessons'.

Leaders are 'tireless in their drive for improvement', and make sure the education for everyone, including those pupils with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND), is 'of the highest quality'.

The Low Hill school’s curriculum is described as 'exciting and extremely ambitious', with learning 'meticulously sequenced and planned'. Leaders’ knowledge of the curriculum from early years to Year 6 is 'exceptional' and they and staff place an emphasis on deepening pupils’ knowledge and understanding in all subjects.

Reading 'has the highest priority', with pupils becoming successful readers because 'staff know and follow the school's reading programme closely'. Pupils who need extra help are expertly supported by skilled staff and access the right resources. This love of reading also helps pupils 'develop as skilled writers'.

Pupils with SEND 'blossom at Whitgreave', thanks to staff who 'understand their needs well and adapt their lessons accordingly'. They are able to access the full curriculum, which is 'designed to enable them to succeed'.

Pupils keenly take on leadership roles, such as science ambassadors, lunchtime buddies, attendance ambassadors, junior leadership team members, safety representatives, cyber cops and eco warriors, and also keenly participate in lunchtime and after school events. Prefects also lead assemblies, with inspectors describing pupils as 'polite, well-mannered and thoughtful speakers'.

Meanwhile, leaders' work around staff wellbeing has been recognised with a national award, and the staff themselves told inspectors they 'are proud to work in such an inspirational environment'.

Inspectors judged the overall effectiveness of Whitgreave Primary School to be Outstanding, with the school also rated Outstanding in each of the five inspection areas: the quality of education; behaviour and attitudes; personal development; leadership and management; and Early Years provision. The school was also rated Outstanding at its previous inspection in 2015.

Headteacher Sarah Redfern said: "I am extremely proud of the children, staff, governors and families at Whitgreave, who all work together day in, day out, in order to achieve the very best for the Whitgreave community. We make a great team!"

Councillor Chris Burden, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Work, said: "This is an exceptional report for an exceptional school – and I would like to offer Sarah Redfern and the whole of the Whitgreave Primary School my warmest congratulations on their continuing success.

"As Sarah says, it really is a team effort, with everyone at Whitgreave pulling in the right direction to ensure that their pupils achieve exceptionally well."

Latest figures show 89% of schools in Wolverhampton with a current Ofsted grade are rated either Good or Outstanding, the highest ever.

Pupils from Whitgreave Primary School celebrate their Outstanding Ofsted rating with Kimberley Davis, Office Administrator, Gemma Butters, Class Teacher, Sarah Redfern, Headteacher, Councillor Chris Burden, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Work, Jen Barrett, Extended Leadership Team, Kyle Matthews, Teaching Assistant, and Simon Guest, Site Manager.


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