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Windale Community Primary School taken out of Special Measures-‘The School has made a tremendous start on its journey to Good’ states Ofsted Report.

By Sarah Edwards

Windale Community Primary School in Blackbird Leys has been taken out of Special Measures after a recent Ofsted Inspection.

The report has taken into account the two years since the last Ofsted inspection in 2014 and is considered accurate and fair by the Trustees and staff. Windale has now achieved an upgrading to ‘Requires Improvement.’

The school was praised for its progress in a number of key areas.Better teaching in the last academic year led to pupils achieving above average in the 2016 national tests and assessments in both Key Stages 1 and 2.
The results of the Key Stage 2 tests showed pupil’s progress was significantly above the national average in reading, writing and in mathematics. Similarly in the Key Stage 1 tests and assessments ‘the proportion of pupils reaching age-related expectations was above national expectations in reading and mathematics’.
The school’s Early Years’ provision was graded as ‘Good’.

Pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities are well supported.
The school helps individual pupils to overcome barriers well. They benefit from additional experiences provided including residential trips and clubs that have ‘successfully broadened pupil’s horizons’.
Personal development and welfare are strong. The school’s work to keep children safe is well-embedded and rigorous.

The inspectors found that additional and pupil premium funding is used well across special educational needs and sports.
The school has successfully prioritised developing positive relationships with parents; in particular leaders have enhanced parents’ confidence in supporting their children at home.
The report highlighted that new headteacher, Ms Katie Geran-Haq, is determined to move the school forward and has strong support from senior leaders and staff, stating ‘The school has made a tremendous start on its journey to Good because the headteacher has insight, rigour and accuracy when evaluating the school.’

Ms Geran-Haq said: “As headteacher I am delighted that the hard work and dedication of the staff, pupils, parents and community at Windale has been recognised and that the school is now officially out of Special Measures. At Windale we are embracing this success as a firm foundation on which to build for the future, as we continue on our journey towards a Good grading and beyond. Our aim is to provide the best possible education for our children in an inclusive, welcoming and inspirational environment, so they are able to succeed and achieve to their full potential.”

The full Ofsted report is available on the Windale Community Primary School website.