Inspectors praise improved standards

Woodford Halse Primary School
Woodford Halse Primary School

A headteacher has praised the entire school community after a Government inspector judged his primary school as good.

Mike Wills said the hard work of the parents, staff and the pupils was responsible for the improved grade from Ofsted.

The school was previously judged to be satisfactory at the last inspection in 2012.

Mr Wills said: “We are obviously delighted. It has taken five years of hard graft to improve the standards.

“In the past five years, we have been inspected three times and each time the baseline has improved and made it harder. For us to progress with the improving standards is an incredible achievement.”

He said there were two areas that he was particularly delighted with.

Mr Wills added: “Ofsted described the marking as exemplary which is a word not often used in reports.

“I am delighted they recognised the spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness of the pupils.

“We want to kick on from this and improve the standards even further.

“My thanks to the community, staff, parents, the FSA, and the students for all of their hard work in getting this result.”

The Ofsted report said: “Most teaching is good and some is outstanding. Teachers ask questions skilfully to check and promote pupils’ understanding.

“Since the previous inspection the headteacher, staff and governors have successfully improved the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement. Most pupils now achieve well.”