As a school, we embrace a culture of continuously improving what we do; we welcome feedback from others in helping to build our strength. It is key to remember, that an inspection report provides a snapshot in time and that the work we do ensures we are always evolving and improving.
The Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist schools (SIAMS) inspection focuses on the impact of the Church school's Christian vision on pupils and adults. This involves looking at the school’s Christian vision, the provision the school makes because of this vision and how effective this provision is in enabling all pupils to flourish.The Evaluation Schedule has one inspection question: how effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels, in enabling pupils and adults to flourish?
Our last inspection was in 2015, and we were judged outstanding.
The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Westbury Leigh Primary School as a Church of England school are outstanding.
- Dedicated Christian leadership by staff and governors inspires everyone in school to aspire to be the best they can be.
- The excellent care and nurture by all staff to enable every child to reach their potential reflects the school’s core faith values.
- The rigour of self-evaluation by staff and governors ensures the wellbeing and progress of every child.
- The focus in collective worship on the school’s values supports both children and adults in their faith journeys.
See our most recent Ofsted report using the links below.
The Ofsted report describes Westbury Leigh Primary as an ‘improving’ school and it recognises the school has been through a ‘significant period of turbulence’ but now there is a strong leadership structure in place with a cohesive staff team. Nevertheless, governors and staff accept the judgements made by Ofsted and recognise that there are areas of school life that need to be improved upon.
The report itself contains many positive comments about the school and I encourage you to take the time to read it in full. For example:
- Leaders ensure that this is an inclusive and caring school
- Pupils repeatedly told the inspectors that they feel safe at school, a view shared by staff and the majority of parents
- The recent focus on the teaching of reading has had a positive impact
- Pupils’ emotional, social and mental health is supported effectively
- Developments in the teaching of English, especially writing, have led to pupils’ increased enthusiasm for their learning
- Pupils talk with enthusiasm about the different topics they learn and enjoy a range of subjects
- Pupils’ behaviour around the school is calm and orderly
The school has been through a challenging few years where results have been in decline and there have been significant changes to staff. Ofsted recognised this when they visited and they commended the school teams’ shared ambition to improve the school.
Our key priorities for improvement are:
- Improve learning standards to enable all pupils to achieve through a broad curriculum.
- Continue to improve teaching by giving children the support and challenge they need to thrive and learn.
- To strengthen our governors’ role in supporting and challenging the school effectively.
Without doubt, the inspection team noted the hard work and impact of new staff this year and that the work being done since September was having a positive impact on the quality of teaching and learning. There is still work to be done in embedding the good practice now being seen in the school in order to be a good school and this is reflected in the report. We aim to not only improve to be a ‘good’ school but will strive to be an ‘outstanding’ school providing the very best education.
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