Pupils and staff at Walthamstow Primary Academy are celebrating following the school’s first full Ofsted inspection.
The academy, which is part of United Learning, opened as a brand new school in 2015, and now caters for pupils in Reception and Years 1-3.
At the end of the last academic year, the academy received ‘Good’ Ofsted ratings across the board following its first full inspection, with safeguarding and pupil wellbeing shown to be particular strengths.
The inspector gave the academy a highly complimentary report and recognised the school’s strong attainment record. They noted that by the end of Key Stage 1, attainment in reading, writing and mathematics is in line with national averages, with pupils making particularly good progress in writing.
The inspector commented on how happy the children are at school and noted that they are all ‘polite and well-mannered’ and keen to discuss their ‘enthusiasm, confidence and ambition’ for learning. The report described the warm and ‘positive’ relationships between staff and pupils, which has contributed to the creation of a safe and nurturing environment at the academy.
The report also described the way in which pupils celebrate social and religious diversity and treat one another as equals. The inspector noted that pupils show their kind and respectful qualities both inside the classroom and in the playground, taking time to listen to one another and play well together. The inspector concluded that pupils at the academy are ‘well prepared for life in modern Britain’.
Mark Cole, Primary Regional Director – South at United Learning, said:
“This is very encouraging news and is testament to the spirit, ethos and culture that has grown in the school since it opened. The report is a credit to the academy’s pupils, highlighting their happiness at the school and their enthusiasm for learning, their good behaviour and the quality of work. The inspector was likewise impressed by the pupils’ friendliness and willingness to talk, read and interact with them throughout the two day visit.
“Whilst there is every reason to be very encouraged by this report, no one at the academy is complacent and we are all focused on building on this success and becoming a truly Outstanding school in the years ahead.”