Head celebrates Ofsted upgrade

Head Wyll Willis and pupils

Head Wyll Willis and pupils

First published in Herald Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering Didcot and Wallingford. Call me on 01865 425425

HEADTEACHER Wyll Willis gathered pupils together to celebrate Wallingford School getting a new improved rating.

Previously rated “satisfactory”, the academy in St George’s Road was declared “good” by Ofsted inspectors last month after a visit in November.

Mr Willis called for an Ofsted inspection to take place earlier than the next scheduled one, following pupils’ outstanding GCSE results last year.

After 75 per cent of pupils got five A* to C grades in English and maths, the best GCSE results achieved at the school, Mr Willis urged the inspectors to visit at the earliest possible opportunity, insisting the school should now be rated good or even outstanding.

Following the latest Ofsted report, compiled after inspectors observed 40 lessons over two days, Mr Willis said: “Staff and pupils are really pleased and I’m very relieved.

“The GCSE exam results this year were outstanding and our aim now is to work towards an ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted.”

Last month inspectors judged the school good in all four categories — achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils, and leadership and management.

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The report said: “This is a good and improving school because of the clear focus of the headteacher and other leaders on improving the quality of teaching and raising students’ achievement.”

It added: “GCSE results have improved in most subjects, including English and mathematics, and are above average.”

The school has about 1,130 pupils and 200 members of staff.

In 2011, an Ofsted report lowered the school’s rating from ‘good’ to “satisfactory”.

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