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Ofsted applauds dramatic improvements at Westminster
Ofsted recently completed a full inspection
of Westminster Academy. They were at the Academy for two days, observing 45
lessons and holding meetings with groups of students, members of the governing
body and staff. Their findings include:
- The achievement
of students over the last two years has improved dramatically. Students
now leave Key Stage 4 with results that are in line with national
averages. Students achievement is now satisfactory because of the secure
progress they make in lessons.
- There are
many indications of strong improvements in important areas of the
academys work. These are a consequence of the good leadership provided by
the principal and her senior team. This positive trajectory is due to
leadership that focuses on the right priorities, and the effectiveness of
the way in which improvements are managed. This gives the academy a good
capacity to drive further improvement.
principal maintains a very good balance between exercising strategic
oversight of the development of the academy and having detailed knowledge
of all aspects of its work, the staff and the students. For example, she
personally took responsibility for leading the improvements in the quality
of teaching and the use of assessment over the last year which
successfully targeted inadequate practice.
quality of teaching is consistently satisfactory and there is some that is
good and even outstanding.
curriculum is broad and relevant to students needs. For example, the
topic approach at Key Stage 3 successfully balances the need for the
targeted development of numeracy and literacy with the requirement to
maintain an emphasis on subject specific skills.
extent to which students take part in, and enjoy, a wide variety of
sporting activities has increased due to the academys active passport
is improving strongly and is now in line with national averages, and even
better at some times of the year in some year groups.
aspects of the way in which the academy prepares students for their future
are very impressive. The international business and enterprise specialism
is used to influence the curriculum provision strongly and this, together
with the internship programme in Year 10, plays a very strong role in
developing a range of important enterprise skills in students.
academys communal spaces and classrooms provide a very pleasant working
environment and students show respect for it. Students behaviour is generally
pleasant and respectful, and they are welcoming to visitors.
spoke warmly about the good quality of the support and care they receive from
staff. There is outstandingly effective and well resourced tutorial
provision which has a positive impact on individuals and groups.
Principal Smita Bora welcomed Ofsteds
findings saying, This praise for my students, staff, parents and the community
is long overdue. We have been recognised for our achievements under the most
rigorous Ofsted inspection framework in history, which some schools have
escaped and which many schools will never have to face under the new inspection
exemptions introduced by the government
Chair of Governors, Jeremy Witts says, Although
we still have some way to go to achieve our full aspirations, I am very
pleased indeed with our Ofsted report, which not only endorses the
effectiveness of our ongoing strategy for improvement, but is also
well-deserved recognition of the immense efforts that have been made by
our excellent teaching and support staff as well as by our pupils."
The full Ofsted report can be read on the
Ofsted website at http://www.ofsted.gov.uk
Westminster Academy opened in 2006 and
moved to its new premises in September 2007. Since then, it has raised the achievement
of its students from 17% to 45 % attaining five or more A*- C grades at GCSE including
English and maths while also dramatically improving behaviour and the
aspirations of students with 100% of its Sixth Form students progressing to
Westminster Academy was inspected under the
new Ofsted framework introduced on 1st September 2009. This framework has
raised the bar significantly, making it more difficult for schools with
challenging intakes and circumstances to succeed in moving out of inadequate
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