In a major turnaround, Westglade Primary school has been upgraded by the education watchdog OFSTED from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’.

The Top Valley school, consisting of 274 pupils, has become the 50th school in Nottinghamshire to be upgraded from ”requires improvement” to ”good” in a recently published report by the watchdog organization.

Westglade Primary have improved their rating to the second highest in the area with more focus on outdoors and sciences.

Areas that received a Good rating included:
  • Effectiveness of leadership and management
  • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare
  • Outcomes for pupils
  • Early years provision

They have also made links with local institutions such as the ice hockey team Nottingham Panthers and the University of Nottingham.

The Ofsted inspection found that “There are lots of opportunities to learn outside the school and their visits were central to making learning exciting for the pupils.

Children explained how they ‘extracted DNA from a strawberry’ and learned that ‘each person has unique DNA, it is like your fingerprint’ after their visit to the University of Nottingham.”

The last time the school was ranked ‘good’ was in 2008 and currently has more than 45% of children eligible for free school meals, twice the average number in England.

This comes as good news after last month saw a large number of parents and teachers expressing reservations on the 10 year plan implemented by the Education Improvement Board to boost Nottingham’s education ratings calling it, ”a plaster on a deep cut”.

“NOT ENOUGH PUPILS ACHIEVE THE HIGHEST OUTCOMES”

The report stated that, “Despite good progress across the school, there are some remaining pockets of low attainment, especially for disadvantaged pupils.

“The teaching of reading is not sufficiently effective in helping pupils to develop their understanding of what they read. As a result, not enough pupils achieve the highest outcomes”.

The school hopes to achieve an ”Outstanding” rating in the next three to five years.