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'Good' News from Whitesheet

by Michael Ford last modified 04 Jan, 2017 02:39 PM

Officially ‘Good’ across the board - that’s the great news from the Zeals and Kilmington-based Whitesheet CE Primary Academy, following a recent Ofsted Inspection.

“The Inspector recognises Whitesheet as being a ‘good’ school in every area,” says delighted Headteacher Karen Brooker.

“‘Good’ was the initial goal that we set ourselves at the outset as an academy, so to have this standard recognised by Ofsted is a very rewarding outcome!”

The report highlights key areas of the Academy’s leadership and teaching progress and achievements.

The Inspector states, “Leaders have successfully steered the school through a period of restructuring and have secured good teaching and outcomes for pupils” and that “the high expectations of staff are ensuring that current pupils across the school are making good progress.”

Regarding the pupils, the Inspector reports that “Increasingly, pupils experience a broad curriculum and other activities that engage them. Consequently, they behave well in lessons and consistently show strong support for one another.”

Commenting on the school’s relationship with parents, the inspector says, “Parents are very positive about the school; all who completed the parent survey said that they would recommend it.”

Mrs Brooker congratulates all the staff of the Academy. “It is huge testament to all the hard work that has taken place over a sustained period to bring the Academy to where it is today,” she said.

The Headteacher praises the parents too, saying, “Thank you parents, for all that you do to help make Whitesheet a special place to be. The inspector was overwhelmed with the positive comments received from parents.”

Mark Lacey, CEO of DSAT, the multi academy trust of which the school is a part, comments, “I would like to thank Mrs Brooker for all her hard work in bringing about this very welcome outcome. The teachers and support staff also deserve our thanks and the commitment of the governors to the on-going success of the academy is much appreciated.”

Karen Brooker sums up by saying, “This is the school’s first Ofsted since becoming an Academy four years ago. Whilst enjoying celebrating the recognition of this hugely positive ‘Good’ outcome, we acknowledge that this is just a step along the path of trying to achieve as much as possible for the children in our care.”

“Now, it’s onwards and upwards!”

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