Special school takes 'effective action' to improve on inadequate Ofsted rating

By James Smith

18th Feb 2022 | Local News

A local special needs school is "taking effective action" to improve from the inadequate Ofsted rating it received two years ago.

Woodfield School, which has sites on Stoneleigh Road, Hawthorn Lane and Woodlands, was given the lowest rating possible in March 2020.

But following the school's latest monitoring visit this January, inspectors found clear areas of improvement across all four key stages.

In 2020 Ofsted said children at Woodfield did "not experience a good quality of education" and were left "ill prepared" for the next stage of their education or employment.

Quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, and personal development all 'required improvement' - leadership and management was 'inadequate'.

But in the report from January's visit Ofsted found that the interim headteacher, Mr De Groot, had "maintained the trajectory of improvement shown at the previous monitoring inspection."

Adding: "He continues to demonstrate a strong commitment to providing a high-quality education for all pupils."

The school, which has 150 students across years one to 11, is improving its curriculum and teachers are now better equipped to monitor pupils' progress.

Student attendance, which had been identified as a key issue in 2020, is also being addressed with a dedicated member of staff now employed to fix the problem.

Ofsted said: "The interim headteacher and his team are determined to ensure that all pupils attend regularly.

"Leaders challenge and support families when necessary. The school's attendance policy is now being consistently applied."

The school has also gone to lengths to improve the learning environment.

"Leaders have carefully considered how the school learning environment affects the quality of pupils' learning," the report added.

"This has informed their decision to make further improvements to the school building.

"The positive impact of these changes was evident for secondary-age pupils.

"Pupils used these spaces well to manage their own behaviour."

Woodfield School has been approached for comment.


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