Wansdyke Maintains 'Good' Ofsted Rating

February 2nd 2022

Between 17-18 November 2021 we were inspected by Ofsted and are delighted that we successfully retained our ‘Good’ rating. 

Click here to view the latest Ofsted report

Following the release of the Ofsted report earlier this month, Sam Heard, Headteacher, commented that:

"we were delighted with the published OFSTED report and feel it reflects the hard work that has taken place in school, particularly around our curriculum. The 2 day inspection was incredibly rigorous but the staff and pupils worked so hard and were great ambassadors of the school. We appreciated the inspector recognising and validating the challenges schools have faced over the past 2 years and we look forward to building on the great foundations of this report to create an inspiring school experience for all our pupils"

Here are some comments from the report:

  • Pupils flourish personally and academically a this happy and friendly school.
  • [Pupils] say that ‘we make anyone feel welcome’ regardless of difference. Pupils, including those in the specialist resource base ‘Rainbow’, feel safe and enjoy belonging to Wansdyke School.
  • Leaders have put together a purposeful and engaging curriculum. Staff skilfully make connections between subjects to help pupils have a better understanding of what they learn.
  • Leaders have worked successfully to develop a curriculum that is ambitious for all pupils.
  • Teachers break learning down into small manageable steps, so that all pupils can succeed. They revisit prior learning to help pupils remember more as they move through the school.
  • Leaders include pupils with special educational needs and/ or disabilities in all aspects of school life. They have a precise understanding of pupils with the most complex needs.
  • Relationships between staff and pupils are strong. Pupils have positive attitudes and want to learn. This means that classrooms are calm and purposeful places.
  • Leaders provide frequent opportunities to develop pupils as responsible young citizens. Pupils play an active role in raising money for charities and help organise fundraising events.
  • Leaders weave the concepts of equality and acceptance in all they do… pupils say this inspires them to follow their dreams.
  • Leaders have created a strong culture of safeguarding. They ensure that all staff understand their role in keeping pupils safe.