Ofsted Inspection May 2016
Wapping High School has been graded as ‘requires improvement’ in the May inspection by Ofsted. Although it is clearly a disappointment, the Ofsted report contains many positive findings. The Head and staff are proud of the ethos, ambition and educational quality that they deliver and of what their pupils have achieved. We recognise that there are specific areas of the school that require improvement and we already have plans in place to address them. Establishing a free school is a long-term project which always has some early challenges involved. We are very committed to ensure that all children receive a well-rounded education at Wapping High School and we continuously strive for improvement across the whole school.
At a meeting with parents, Karin Rowsell, Headteacher said:
“I am committed to making Wapping High School an outstanding school and this is acknowledged in the report which states that ‘Leaders have put in place systems that are now beginning to secure improvements in line with their plans for the school’s development. ” In order to address the areas of improvement we have appointed an Attendance and Welfare Officer, Learning Mentor and a Director of Mathematics who will ensure that the use of data maximises progress across all year groups. We will continue to work with external consultants and coaches to enhance the quality of teaching.”
The full presentation can be accessed here.
The main key achievements outlined in the May report are:
Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is consistently strong. This reflects a good enrichment curriculum and programme of personal development.
Pupils enjoy learning about other cultures and being part of the house system.
Pupils’ attendance overall and punctuality have improved as a result of improved pastoral support and increased parental engagement.
The well-planned and delivered REAL curriculum (a combination of humanities and creative subjects) is an example of how the curriculum offers an opportunity for pupils to explore a range of topics through project work.
Pupils benefit from an extensive range of enrichment activities that are both timetabled and extracurricular. These learning opportunities encourage collaboration, reflection and the development of skills that are aimed at raising aspirations and creating opportunities for pupils to broaden their experiences.
- Leaders have clear plans to support disadvantaged pupils in making rapid progress towards aspirational targets. The impact of funding for disadvantaged pupils is demonstrated by the closing of gaps in the progress of this group compared with their peers, both in school and when compared with national averages.
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Ofsted Update June 2014
Ofsted inspectors visited the school on 27 June 2014 for a standard monitoring inspection following the full inspection that took place in April 2014. The purpose of the visit was to monitor the actions being taken to improve the school. The inspector confirmed that senior leaders and governor are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement.
'Senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement identified at the recent section 5 inspection.'
Joanna Beckford-Hall Her Majesty's Inspector
Parents should be reassured that Ofsted will regularly make supportive monitoring visits to ensure that effective progress continues to be made.
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