Headteacher Emily Harris with school council representatives in Wansdyke’s Garden of Hope

Wansdyke Primary School is celebrating after being judged Good in all areas by the education watchdog Ofsted.

Pupils are happy, enjoy learning, behave well and feel safe, the inspectors said.

A team of two inspectors visited the 208-pupil school in Whitchurch in January and found it to be Good in the categories of quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management and early years provision. This was the first Ofsted visit since Wansdyke joined Futura Learning Partnership in 2018.

“Governors and trust leaders have a clear, realistic vision for the future. All share the school leaders’ high ambitions. They know the school’s strengths and areas for development,” the inspectors said.

“Pupils play a full part in the life of the school and enjoy helping each other.”
The Ofsted report praised the school for fostering a love of reading and for developing a clear and progressive curriculum in which important knowledge was broken down into small steps. Teaching was adapted well to support children with special educational needs, they said.

To improve further, the inspectors said, curriculum leaders should check their subject areas more often  and ensure consistent expectations for children’s work.
The report highlighted many positive aspects of the school, including:

  • Pupils are polite, well-mannered and care for one another;
  • They have a clear sense of right and wrong;
  • Relationships between pupils and staff are supportive and caring;
  • There is a strong culture of safeguarding;
  • Staff are proud to work at the school.

Headteacher Emily Harris said: “We are delighted that Ofsted has recognised the strengths of Wansdyke as a school at the heart of its community.  We are ambitious for our children’s learning and care deeply about their happiness and that of our staff.”
Futura Learning Partnership’s chief executive Andrea Arlidge said: “Futura Learning Partnership is delighted with this outcome and congratulations to everyone at Wansdyke for this inspection outcome. The positive attitudes that impressed the inspectors are typical of this happy and successful school and I know the team will build on this report to aim for even greater achievements in future.”

For further information please see the Ofsted report (Pdf)