West Hill School delight in ‘good’ Ofsted rating
Friday 20th January 2017 09:03 News Stalybridge Posted by Adam Higgins

West Hill School in Stalybridge is celebrating after the improvements they’ve made over the past two years have been recognised by Ofsted.

In December 2014, the school was told it ‘required improvement’ by the education watchdog, but their latest inspection last November has resulted in a ‘Good’ rating.

Just over a year after he began in the role, Ofsted commended the leadership of Headteacher Alan Harrison, adding that he ‘instils a moral purpose across the school’.

The school’s governing team were also praised, with Ofsted highlighting the role they have played in bringing about improvements.

Mr Harrison said he is “thrilled” with the report, but added that it is just the beginning of the journey the school are on to be rated ‘Outstanding’ within three years.

He reserved special praise for the school’s staff for their commitment to turning the school’s
fortunes around.

“The staff are absolutely key to the progress of the boys,” he said.

“You can’t deny the hard work, dedication and determination that the staff have shown over the last few years to ensure that the boys do progress so that when they leave us, they’ve got doors open for them.

“It’s been a team approach. It’s been about coming together on a common goal and I think that’s been absolutely imperative for us to get what we got from the Ofsted inspection this time round.

“Within three years, we want to be Outstanding and then after that, we want to be Exceptional within Outstanding. That’s obviously our next step.

“The plans that we’re putting in place will allow us to achieve that within the next three years.

“We’ve got the staff, we’ve got the boys, we’ve got the parents and we’ve got the governing body to be able to do that.”

The report did highlight areas of improvement for the school to focus on, including raising achievement in maths and improving the quality of teaching for the most able students.

But Mr Harrison says the school had already earmarked those as areas for development.

He said: “Within our school improvement plan, there are actions that we’re taking.

“We’ve already had, for example, some inset training into meeting the needs of the most able.

“We’ve already put things in place and made plans to ensure that happens.”

Overall, the school can be delighted with the progress made over the last two years, but the hard work continues to achieve that ‘Outstanding’ rating next time Ofsted visit.

 

By Tom Greggan