Ofsted Report - We are an Outstanding School
Re: Ofsted inspection report
As I am sure you are aware, Westbury Park School was inspected by Ofsted at the end of May under Section 5 of the Education Act 2005.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the children for all their hard work during the year and for their exemplary behaviour during the inspection. The children really shone on the two inspection days [which is more than can be said for the sun!] and showed the inspection team just what keen learners and caring and thoughtful people they are. They are all a great credit to you and to the school.
The timing of the inspection was less than ideal, on the last two days of term when Year 6 were away and Year 2 weren't in their own rooms but despite these challenges everyone pulled together in a remarkable way. I am very grateful to every member of staff for all their preparation for the inspection and congratulate them all on such a positive outcome. Particular thanks must go to members of the School Leadership Team and the Governors who have worked so hard for so long to get ready for this event and led the school so well through what was undoubtedly a very demanding two days.
When I was appointed as Headteacher here five years ago, it was with the specific brief to move the school from 'good to outstanding', which was quite a challenge in itself. However over the last few years successive Ofsted Inspection frameworks have raised the bar higher and higher so that 'outstanding' has got more and more difficult to achieve. The outcome of this inspection however shows that it is possible if everyone in the school community works together to make the school the best that it can be.
However 'outstanding' does not mean perfect and there are still lots of development opportunities for the school. Last week the School Leadership Team spent a day analysing the school's strengths and areas for improvement and the work that we did, with Governors, staff and children, will all culminate in a new School Development Plan for 2014/15. The feedback we have had from parents through our Questionnaire and Ofsted's Parent View have also been included in the new SDP.
In the autumn the Governors and School Leadership Team have been planning for some time to have a meeting for parents, at which we will be able to explain more about our vision for the school. Parents will have the opportunity to submit questions beforehand. I very much hope you will be able to join us for that meeting and look forward to sharing the school's next steps with you then.