Wildridings Primary School celebrates "good" OfstedBy Becky Barnes
October 16, 2012
A primary school branded as ‘inadequate’ in 2008 has been judged ‘good’ across the board by Ofsted inspectors.
Wildridings Primary School, in Netherton, was threatened with special measures four years ago, but the last inspectors praised the teaching, behaviour and safety of the school and the ‘rigorous monitoring, tracking and support’ for pupils in their report.
Pupils said their school is ‘fantastic’ and teachers are ‘cool’ during the inspection from September 12 to 13.
Headteacher Julia Evans said: “I am delighted with this result as the staff have worked extremely hard to turn the school around in the last four years.
“We now have a great team who are all committed to seeing every child be the best that they can be.”
Miss Evans was initially co-headteacher with Dave Donaldson, who retired in 2008, and took on the sole responsibility of headteacher to ‘take the school forward’.
She said: “We have a great team really committed to improving their own practice and the standard of teaching has improved. All my team are playing their part in taking the school forward.”
The school has introduced team leaders for each key stage and a tracking programme to follow the children’s progress and ensure their needs are being met.
Miss Evans said: “We have also introduced a new ethos – we want everyone to be the best they can – and this spreads to children, staff and parents.”
The report, published last Thursday, praised the leadership and high expectations of the headteacher and her team.
Miss Evans added: “We felt we deserved it and we wanted to show them all our hard work – it is fab that has been recognised.”
The inspectors identified areas for improvement including working to challenge higher ability pupils and more parent involvement in supporting their children’s learning,
Councillor Gareth Barnard, executive member for children, young people and learning at Bracknell Forest Council, said: “I would like to congratulate the headteacher, her staff, the governors and everyone at Wildridings Primary who work so hard to ensure the school is a safe, fun environment.
“The school was previously rated as satisfactory, so this is a great achievement for everyone involved.”
The full Ofsted report can be viewed at www.ofsted.gov.uk.