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Ofsted English Subject Inspection – Thursday 31st January 2013

Woodlands Primary School had an Ofsted English Inspection on Thursday 31st January led by HMI Chris Nye. I am very pleased to say that we received a very positive report and the overall effectiveness of English was graded as good. The quality of the curriculum was graded as outstanding.

Summary of the main finding:

Achievement in English is good.

“Groups of pupils make good progress in reading and writing. This is because the school provides effective early interventions which are carefully matched to the individual needs of such pupils.”

The quality of teaching in English is good.

“Teaching is consistently good and some is outstanding. Lessons are very well structured and planned.”

“Creative and often inspirational teaching motivates pupils well and ensures a brisk pace to most lessons. This was illustrated by the imaginative way the ‘Story Making Project ‘is being taught so that there is a buzz of enthusiasm for writing throughout the school.”

“The school has been proactive in encouraging pupils to read widely and often for a range of purposes.”

The quality of the curriculum in English is outstanding.

The curriculum is outstanding because national initiatives have been imaginatively adapted to meet the very specific learning needs of all the pupils in reading, writing, speaking and listening. It is kept under constant review and provides an exceptionally rich and varied programme which fires pupils’ enthusiasm. There is a strong focus on literacy across the curriculum and a strength is the way in which writing is purposeful and consistently identifies real audiences. Independent reading, writing, speaking and listening are extremely well promoted and skills are systematically developed. As a result, pupils are enthusiastic and confident, developing a love of literature and writing, and their achievement is rapidly improving. This rich curriculum is also enhanced by a range of trips and visits and the well-established link with Salisbury Playhouse.”

The effectiveness of leadership and management in English is good.

“Passionate leadership is effectively driving forward improvements in teaching and pupils’ achievement. Leaders at all levels make good use of accurate assessment and detailed monitoring data to set targets and measure the impact of training and initiatives on pupils’ achievement. They are successful in engaging parents in supporting their children’s learning and there is clear evidence that standards are improving across the school. Consequently, there is a good capacity to improve in the future.”

Areas for improvement:

ensuring that recent improvements in attainment are securely embedded

developing a common approach towards teaching handwriting.



Ofsted Inspection 1-2 December 2010

Woodlands Primary School was inspected by three Ofsted inspectors on 1st and 2nd of December 2010. I am very pleased to say that Woodlands was graded as a, “good school which pupils, staff, parents and carers are positive about and proud of. All groups of pupils make good progress throughout the school because of effective teaching based on good teamwork, a broad, relevant curriculum and high levels of care.”

I would like to thank the entire teaching and support staff team for their hard work. We are very lucky to have such a talented team of teachers and TAs who ensure that all pupils make very good progress at Woodlands.

The OFSTED inspectors described our school as good in various ways:

· Effective teaching successfully promotes pupils’ progress, motivation and enjoyment. Teachers have good subject knowledge and lessons are planned and prepared well.

· Leaders successfully use their accurate understanding of the school to strengthen its positive features and address areas of relative weakness.

· The school has developed a curriculum which links subjects together well and this is successfully helping pupils to develop skills in independence, initiative and cooperation that will help them in later life.

· The school has made good progress since the last inspection and has a good capacity for sustained improvement in the future.

· Pupils enjoy school and are very positive about learning.

· Pupils who have special educational needs and/or dis abilities, particularly those who learn more slowly, make good progress because they are supported well in class, withdrawal groups and one-to-one tuition.

· High levels of support underpin pupils’ personal development and progress.

· Children get off to a good start in the Nursery and Reception classes because of good teaching.

· A strong emphasis on English, Mathematics and Science successfully helps all pupils to make good progress in each of these key subjects.

I am very proud of our pupils who showed the inspectors that they work hard, behave well and enjoy their learning. I would also like to thank the huge number of parents who made very positive comments about the school. Several of these comments are quoted in the inspection report.

Matthew Kitley


Ofsted Inspection July 2008

Our School

the school is seen to be at the heart of the community

Ofsted 2008

Our Nursery

they are prepared very well for their future education…the care and attention given to children’s welfare are excellent.

Ofsted 2008

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