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Ofsted Inspection

Full Inspection: June 2013

Our last full inspection was in June 2013. At that time, Ofsted concluded that Westley is a good school with the behaviour and safety of pupils being outstanding. They recognised the value of Westley converting to an academy and joining the All-Through Trust:

“Pupils achieve well. Since the school became an academy, pupils in all year groups have made good progress in English and mathematics. The longer pupils stay at the school, the better the progress they make.

The quality of the teaching was recognised:

“The teaching is good and, at times, outstanding. Teachers use a broad range of interesting activities to keep the pupils engaged in learning.

The way Westley pupils approach their learning was described as ‘exemplary’:

“Pupils’ attitudes to learning and school are exemplary. They work very well together in groups and pairs, and help each other to learn.

and

“Pupils’ social and personal development is outstanding. They take responsibility for their own and each other’s behaviour.”

The quality of the school’s leadership at all levels was noted:

“School leaders at all levels, including senior leaders, subject leaders, and governors, share a firm commitment to the school and have helped to bring about considerable improvements in achievement and teaching, since the academy was set up.

You can read the full report using the link below:

June 2013 inspection report

Short Inspection: December 2016

In December 2016, Ofsted returned for our first ‘short inspection’. These are one day ‘light-touch’ visits designed to allow Ofsted to check whether Good and Outstanding schools can retain their Ofsted grading, or need to have a full inspection. Ofsted confirmed that Westley continues to be a good school. The lead inspector said:

“[Westley] is a happy community where pupils are encouraged to excel academically and in a range of sporting and cultural activities

He recognised the strength of the middle phase when he went on to say:

“... by the time pupils reach Year 8, they have made good and often very good progress in their time at Westley Middle School.”

The value the All-Through Trust delivers was also recognised, both in its enhanced support for teachers and in the “well-above-average GCSE results that Westley pupils achieve in [County Upper]”

As important as academic progress is, it isn’t the only measure of a school. As the inspector recognised the importance of strong parental support as he picked out these parent comments...

“Westley Middle School is a nurturing and friendly learning environment providing high-quality teaching. The extracurricular activities and trips the school organise are fantastic and have contributed to my children’s learning and love for this school”

and

“My son has been at Westley since September 2016 and the very positive changes in him as a person and his attitude to school and learning have amazed me. Staff are supportive, committed and friendly. Discipline and encouragement for children to be independent in life and learning are strong. A very happy Mummy!”

You can read Ofsted’s letter following this visit using the link below:

December 2013 inspection letter