‘Good’ Ofsted for Willingdon

Willingdon Community Secondary School. OFSTED report success. October 24th 2012 E43064N'Head teacher Ian Jungius with pupils from each year.
Willingdon Community Secondary School. OFSTED report success. October 24th 2012 E43064N'Head teacher Ian Jungius with pupils from each year.

Willingdon Community School is celebrating after being rated good in their most recent Ofsted inspection.

The school in Broad Road was inspected by Ofsted at the beginning of October and the report was published this week.

It rated the school as good but gave it an outstanding rating for its behaviour.

The report said, “Students achieve well and their attainment,as measured by GCSE results and outcomes on vocational courses, is significantly above average overall by the time they leave.

The school has made a significant impact on the progress of lower achieving student groups, so their attainment is rising at a good rate, including in key areas such as literacy.

“ Teaching and learning are good with an increasing proportion that is outstanding.”

Behaviour of the students received particular praise from the inspectors, who described the students as ‘polite and courteous’.

Attendance at the school was also highlighted by inspectors as being a positive aspect of the school.

The report said, “ The school has been very successful in raising attendance and it is above the national average.

“Here too, staff focus closely on groups of students requiring help to attend well, so they come to school much more often.”

Inspectors said the curriculum is of ‘good quality’ with some outstanding features.

Inspectors said, “School leaders, including governors, are doing a good job in improving teaching, and the school overall, and show a good capacity to go further.

“They understand well the areas which could be better so that the actions taken are suitably focused.

“Staff share the vision and feel positive about the school’s direction.”

The report highlighted some areas for development to help make the school outstanding. These included enabling the students to gain a deeper understanding within their learning and for subject leaders to undertake more evaluation of teaching.

Ian Jungius, head teacher at Willingdon Community School, said, “This is an excellent report and I am delighted that the hard work of governors, staff and students, with the invaluable support of parents, has been justly recognised by Ofsted.

“The key issues for development are useful and were already identified, by the school, as areas it is already working on.

“My thanks go out to the many parents who contacted inspectors to offer their support for the work of the school and to the students who contribute so much to the learning and harmonious atmosphere we deem so important.

“One inspector said during the inspection that he had never before had so many doors opened for him by students or so many courteous greetings from a student body; key features of our Personal Excellence programme.

“I must however finish by thanking all my staff who work so tirelessly day in and day out.

“This report is testimony to that commitment and dedication.”