March 6, 2019

2019 Ofsted Inspection Results

Ofsted Say Pupils Have “Pride in the School”

Staff and pupils at Wodensborough Ormiston Academy in Wednesbury have today received a positive Ofsted report, confirming the school’s improvement and in particular highlighting the strong leadership.

Inspectors rated the school “Good” for both the personal development, behaviour and welfare of its pupils and the effectiveness of its leadership and management, two aspects which have driven the improvements at the school in Wednesbury. They also commented on the rapid progress the school has made since its last inspection in October 2016, noting that “the school is improving across all key areas”.

The school’s Principal, Leigh Moore, was praised for her strong vision and for being “relentless in her ambition for higher standards” in the “inclusive and welcoming” school.

The report also highlighted the positive learning environment fostered at the school, with pupils and staff feeling “safe and secure”, as well as demonstrating their “pride in the school”.

Inspectors recognised that Ms Moore is supported by an effective team senior team at the school, whose “committed hard work and resilience” have driven improvements, while making leaders feel “empowered in their field and sharing the Principal’s ambitions”.

The relationship between staff and pupils at the school was also commended, with inspectors finding that “pupils thrive because of their excellent relationship with their teachers”. The reported noted that “the best teaching is characterised by teachers who are ambitious for pupils”.

Other key areas of success highlighted in the report included:

  • The school’s determination for continuous development as it has “established solid foundations upon which to build further improvements.”
  • The positivity and personal development of pupils, who “are polite and courteous” and “demonstrate pride in their school.” This helps to ensure that there “is a friendly atmosphere around the school.”
  • The warm and welcoming environment of the school, with pupils who “show respect for others’ views and ideas” in a way that demonstrates that “the school is inclusive.”
  • The “strong” provision of teaching and education in English, vocational subjects, performing arts, physical education and design and technology.

WOA’s Principal, Leigh Moore, was appointed in January 2016 and has spearheaded the drive to improve the academy with her vision for the school – Believe, Achieve, Succeed. This has raised aspirations and standards whilst ensuring that all pupils have access to the best education possible to fulfil their potential.

The Ofsted report marks another milestone in the journey of strong progress made by the school since it became an academy and joined its sponsor, Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT).

Leigh Moore, Principal of Wodensborough Ormiston Academy, said: “We are well on the journey to becoming a Good school and I am really proud of our achievements to date, which have been recognised in this report. I will not rest until every aspect of our provision is the very best it can be, as our pupils, our staff and our local community deserve nothing less. I am excited to lead Team WOA onto the next stage of our development.”

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