Ofsted Rates Woodcote Primary as “Outstanding”

Woodcote Primary School, in Coulsdon, has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted inspectors who visited at the end of April.

The inspectors’ report, which gives the school the highest possible score of ‘1’ in four out of the five individual categories, highlights the strong leadership at the School, noting, “Leaders have worked diligently to remedy the areas of weakness identified by the last inspection and have addressed them very successfully, so that they have become areas of strength.”

The inspectors praised the educational achievement of students, with such comments as, “The teaching of mathematics is outstanding”, “The teaching of writing is excellent” and “In all year groups, the majority of pupils make faster-than-expected progress”. But it’s not just academic excellence that was praised: Staff were praised for being “excellent role models” to the children who “show great maturity, both in their learning and in their relationships with other pupils and with adults”. Behaviour of pupils across the age groups “is outstanding because pupils have excellent attitudes to learning, working well with other pupils and on their own”.

Tim Rome, Headteacher said, “I am absolutely delighted with the outcome of this inspection. Woodcote is, and always has been, a unique learning environment where staff, children and parents work together in their pursuit of excellence, not just academically but as a community, where each child feels safe, cared-for and supported. It is wonderful to have our achievements officially recognised. I extend my thanks to all the staff, who are a pleasure to work with, and to parents who trust us with the important task of educating their children and who support them on their learning journey. We are all now looking forward to continuing our success.”

Chair of Governors, James Collins, says, “We are immensely proud of the achievement of Woodcote Primary School staff, under the guidance of Mr Rome and the senior leadership team, to be awarded an ‘Outstanding’ judgement just 21 months after our disappointing ‘Requires Improvement’ inspection.  Everyone has worked exceptionally hard to gain this recognition as an Outstanding school, and we would like to thank all the staff for their efforts.  We are appreciative of the continued support from our parent body, who are as delighted with this outcome as we are.  As Governors we have worked hard to ensure the school has been supported and challenged effectively and we are confident that Woodcote now has a secure platform from which to grow and improve even further. ”

CLICK HERE to access the full Ofsted report.