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‘Leaders and those responsible for governance are taking effective action towards the removal of special measures’.  

Ofsted visited us on 28th and 29th June 2022. We would like to take a moment to explain the process and the context of their findings.

In November 2021, Woodlands was graded as Inadequate in all areas.  Our responsibility is to then follow the legal process of working towards the removal of these special measures.

One of the first tasks was to write a Statement of Action.  Please CLICK HERE to view.  The plan was approved by the Department for Education and was split into different phases; 1. Safeguarding.  2. Behaviour.  3. Quality of Teaching.  All of these areas improve the school’s ability to meet the needs of pupils.

At the time of the monitoring visit in June 2022, Inspectors found strong evidence that Phase 1 and 2 had the impact we wanted.  They came to this conclusion from evidence found within the school but also by capturing the voices of the pupils and parents.  Ofsted make reference to this in their report.  This is huge progress, and we thank you for your contribution in supporting many of the changes and working with us to drive forward these improvements.

We have now started Phase 3 – Quality of our Teaching and Learning.  As with the two previous phases, this is a huge piece of work, with many layers.  Again, Ofsted recognise this as stated under ‘priorities for further improvement’.  We would like to share with you what this includes:

We will be baselining all pupils, completing new assessments, because this is their individual starting point.  We are introducing a new tracking and monitoring system that will give staff, pupils and parents/carers accurate information of where each child is and what they need to do to move forward.

We are also investing heavily in the annual review process, wanting each EHCP to reflect current targets being up to date.  There are also changes with our curriculum, as we extend our offer with all qualifications having national recognition.

Reading for all pupils is a priority as we foster and promote the enjoyment of reading.  This in turn, greatly improves each pupil’s ability to access all areas of their learning and this is vitally important.

We are so proud to see pupils return ready for the challenges of this new academic year, and incredibly pleased with our progress as stated by Ofsted: ‘Leaders and those responsible for governance are taking effective action towards the removal of special measures’.  

A letter sent home to parents on 9th September gives further details, please CLICK HERE to view.

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