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Leek school has been ranked as good by government inspectors – three years after being told that it ‘required improvement’


A school in the Moorlands has been ranked as good by government inspectors – three years after being told that it ‘required improvement’.

Staff and pupils at Woodcroft First School in Leek are celebrating after it was rated “Good” by Ofsted and the inspectors report included ‘outstanding’ for personal development, behaviour and welfare at the Wallbridge Drive school.

The latest report is full of praise for the changes which have been made by Executive Principal, Mr Thomson and Head of School, Mrs Hewitt and their colleagues.
The Government inspector, in their report, stated: “The Head of School and the Executive Principal provide strong leadership. They have reversed the previous decline in pupils’ achievement and in the quality of teaching.

“The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding.
“Good teaching in all classes included some outstanding practice.
“Parents are very supportive of leaders and the school. They feel that the school caters well for the individual needs of pupils.”

The inspector also refers to the pupils’ “exemplary behaviour and attitudes to their learning”. They added: “Pupils are proud of their school and feel safe, valued and supported. They are extremely well behaved, polite and courteous.

“Pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Attainment is rising by the end of key stage 1 and compares very well with the national average.

“Children in the early years get off to a good start. The teaching of reading and phonics in the early years and key stage 1 is very effective.

“The arrangements for safeguarding are effective, robust and fit for purpose. There is a vigilant culture of safeguarding.”

In 2018, the Governors at Woodcroft First School decided to join St Bart’s Multi Academy Trust. Mr Thomson from St. Bart’s Academy Trust was drafted in alongside Mrs Hewitt in April 2018 to ensure improvements were rapid.

Mr Thomson said: “Over the last year the school has been committed to improving and it is great that the fantastic work that happens at Woodcroft First School is validated.”
Mrs Hewitt added: “I am extremely proud of the whole school community who work together to ensure great outcomes for our children

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