Thursday, 3 February 2011

Wilson school Ofsted - Outstanding!

I have been a school governor at Wilson School since 2008, something I am very proud of.  It is a really wonderful school, and I am really proud to be involved with it.  We had our Ofsted inspection recently and we're now able to publish the results.  I was one of the governors who was interviewed, and it was nerve racking, but surprisingly positive, as we felt we were able to explain what made Wilson such a positive place to be involved with.  Well done to Mo, Sarah, all the staff and the parents and pupils as well as to Chris, our chair of governors who does a wonderful job.

I don't normally reproduce council press releases, but this is an exception!

" A west Reading primary school is celebrating after Ofsted gave it top marks in a recent inspection.

Wilson Primary School was judged outstanding by inspectors who visited the school in Wilson Road in January – a remarkable improvement, as the school was graded 'satisfactory' when it was last inspected in 2008.

Ofsted singles out the school's headteacher and deputy headteacher for leading the drive for improvement. The report said: 'Under the outstanding leadership of the headteacher and deputy headteacher, staff and members of the governing body work exceptionally well together in driving forward improvement.'

The report says the improvement made in many aspects of the school's work is 'excellent' and adds that 'the school is well placed to improve further'.

Other key judgements made by the inspectors include:

-- The curriculum is exciting and innovative and especially well matched to children's needs and interests
-- The children have a love of learning and the aspiration to do their best
-- Support and guidance for all children is outstanding
-- Results in national tests have risen well since the last inspection
-- Teaching has improved considerably, with a very large majority of lessons being good and an increasing number excellent
-- There are excellent procedures for assessing children's progress
-- The children are extremely kind and helpful
-- Their outstanding behaviour supports learning especially well
-- Relationships amongst the whole school community are exceptionally good
-- Children are especially well prepared as citizens of a diverse national and global community
Headteacher Mo Galway and Chair of Governors Chris Stroud said: 'We are all extremely proud of what we have achieved. Wilson School is a wonderful community to be part of and it is the hard work of everyone - staff, pupils, parents and governors - that has enabled us to make such significant strides forward. We have a great team but we are especially proud of our children and the recognition they received in the report.'

Mark Ralph, Lead Councillor for Education and Children's Services, said: 'I am very pleased that the hard work undertaken by Mo Galway and her team has been recognised and offer my congratulations to all concerned on this excellent result.

'The timing of this report is particularly apposite, as it coincides with plans to expand the annual intake of the School."

Having increased its intake from 30 to 60 in September 2010, Wilson Primary School will again take 60 in September 2011. The Council plans to continue this expansion over the next few years until the school has grown to 420 pupils in 2017.

An open day for parents and neighbours of the school will take place from 2pm to 7pm on Thursday, February 17. Drawings on display at the open day will show how the children will be accommodated."