Southwold Primary School Receives Improved Ofsted Rating
The White Horse Federation’s Southwold Primary School has been awarded a ‘good’ classification by Ofsted following an inspection in January. The rating is the first the Bicester school has received since joining the multi-academy trust in April 2016.
Before joining The White Horse Federation, the school had never received an Ofsted rating higher than ‘satisfactory’, which demonstrates the scale and success of the changes made at the school in recent years.
Helen Wollington, Principal, said: “We are delighted to have been rated ‘good’ by Ofsted. It is a testament to the excellent work being carried out by everyone involved with the school. We are committed to continued improvement, and while this recognition from Ofsted is reward for our efforts so far, we will continue to progress as a school.”
In the report, Ofsted praised the staff at Southwold, saying: “Leaders and staff have successfully secured improvements in teaching and learning. The new headteacher, ably supported by the senior leadership team, has successfully ensured that the school’s values are understood by all.”
Compliments were also paid to the school’s pupils and their safety. The report stated: “Pupils behave well. They are responsible and care for each other, taking an active role in developing the school. The personal development of pupils is also strong. Pupils who spoke with inspectors confirmed that they feel safe from bullying. When it does arise, they know that staff will deal with it effectively.”
Southwold Primary School became part of The White Horse Federation three years ago, and the impact joining the trust has had was recognised by Ofsted. The report reads: “The White Horse Federation has provided effective support to leaders which has assisted them well in improving the school. Trust members have an accurate overview of the school’s performance. They make good use of this to hold leaders stringently to account.”
The Ofsted report comes two weeks after Southwold Primary School played host to a group of educators from Kazakhstan who visited as part of their training in values-based education.
Everyone at The White Horse Federation is extremely proud of Southwold Primary School. This fantastic Ofsted rating and report are just rewards for the hard work and effort that everyone involved with the school has put in. We are delighted that the progress made so far has been recognised by Ofsted, and we are determined to continue improving outcomes for the school and its students.