Ofsted Judges WHS as a Good School

William Howard School is celebrating after its recent Ofsted inspection that took place on 30 April and 1 May. The school was inspected over two days by a team of five inspectors.

The outcome of the inspection was that the school has been rated as Good in all five categories, the overall judgement made by Ofsted is that the school is a Good school. Parents have been informed today of the judgement and the report is available on the school website.

The report is overwhelmingly positive, praising the work of the school in a number of areas. It highlights that as a school with a large and far ranging catchment that William Howard is a true community where everyone works together to enjoy their learning and make progress in all that they do.

William Howard is a school that provides a high quality education where we pride ourselves on always being focussed on securing good academic outcomes while also having a myriad of opportunities for students outside of the classroom be that sporting, international, cultural or student leadership.

Headteacher, Chris McAree, believes the team of inspectors have managed to capture the strengths and the uniqueness of the school well. He explained:

“We are extremely pleased with the outcome of the inspection as it reflects well the hard work and standards that the staff and students display every day, as well as recognising the improvements we have made in the last three years. Reading the report and the positive comments should make everyone associated with the school proud.”

“The report accurately mirrors our own self-evaluation both for what we excel in and also where we need to continue to focus on improving further. It is great to be recognised for what we are accomplishing but we are equally as determined to continue our trajectory of positive progress.”

“We have a fantastic set of students who are a delight to work with on a daily basis. Our parents are very supportive of the school and I know they will be delighted to read the report and how the school provides for their children’s all-round education.”

Dr John Storr, chair of the school’s Local Advisory Board (LAB) said:

“It is very clear from the report that the inspectors were impressed by the work done to improve attendance and outcomes; the dedication of all staff members to the overall success and personal development of those in their care; and the positive, supportive and nurturing environment they found in the school. I am sure everyone associated with the school, parents, students and staff, will take great pleasure in reading the report and appreciate the recognition of their efforts and motivation.”

The school is sponsored by Cumbria Education Trust, which is also responsible for six other academies in Cumbria. Lorrayne Hughes, Chief Executive of Cumbria Education Trust added:

“This is well deserved recognition of what a fantastic school William Howard is. The hard work of the Headteacher, Chris McAree, and his staff along with the students has been duly recognised. William Howard School will I am sure continue to go from strength to strength providing its students with an excellent level of education and unrivalled opportunities.”

Some direct quotes from the report include:

“The school’s core values of ‘respect, responsibility and resilience’ thread through all aspects of school life. Pupils are polite and well-mannered and respect others. They listen carefully to the ideas and opinions of others. Most pupils enjoy school and are proud to be pupils at William Howard School. They wear their uniform smartly.”

“Teachers’ higher expectations have a positive impact on the progress of pupils across the curriculum. Most pupils are on track to meet their aspirational targets, especially the most able pupils, because challenging and stretching work is now planned to meet their needs.”

“Pupils who spoke with inspectors, particularly older pupils, talked positively about the improvements in the quality of teaching and learning since the previous inspection. Relationships between teachers and pupils are positive.”

“Pupils interact well with each other. Pupils are tolerant of each other, regardless of differences, and socialise and work well together. There is a wide range of extra-curricular clubs and activities which broaden pupils’ experiences and enable them to pursue interests and hobbies and learn new skills.”