Wodensborough is celebrating after 4 of its staff have been nationally accredited as Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs). SLEs are “outstanding” middle and senior leaders who have the skills to support individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools.
This marks a milestone in the academy’s improvement journey as it was rated as requires improvement by Ofsted in October 2016. Inspectors returned in July 2017 on a monitoring visit and found that senior leaders and the academy sponsor, Ormiston Academies Trust, are taking “effective action” to drive improvement. The school was challenged to improve standards in all areas of the schools work and inspectors noted considerable improvements in the effectiveness of teaching and learning at the academy which has now been validated by the creation of four new SLEs.
Matthew Shaw (Lead Practitioner – Teaching & Learning), Paul Harris (Lead Practitioner – History), Richard Price (Lead Practitioner – Science) and Helena Rock-Sawyer (Head of Performing Arts) were all recently accredited by the Wednesbury Teaching School Alliance and will join Rebecca Tymoshyshyn (Lead Practitioner – KS2/3) and Myk Wagstaff (Vice Principal) in supporting schools across Sandwell and the Black Country to develop their practice and student outcomes.
“I am incredibly proud of the improvements we have made to the quality of teaching and learning across the academy and especially so of our new Specialist Leaders of Education. We are very much a school on the up and that is because of the hard work, commitment and dedication of our staff, our students, our local community and the support of OAT our sponsors.” — Leigh Moore, Principal