Pupils and staff at Whittingham Primary Academy are celebrating after being judged ‘Good’ by Ofsted.
Whittingham Primary Academy joined United Learning, the national group of primary and secondary schools, in 2019. Since then, the school has gone through a period of development, with its recent Ofsted report demonstrating how the academy continues to improve and succeed.
Following their visit last month, inspectors highlighted pupils’ good behaviour and the positive attitude they show towards their learning. They noted how ‘excited the children are about learning’ and that ‘pupils enjoy coming to the school’. In terms of how they communicate with each other, pupils are said to be ‘polite and friendly’ and ‘all celebrate when a pupil achieves well’.
Alongside praise for the children, inspectors complimented the work of staff and leaders at the academy. They noted that teachers ensure pupils ‘learn through a range of engaging activities’ in the classroom and provide ‘a range of opportunities to enrich pupils’ experiences’, including through educational visits. Leaders are also said to have ‘high aspirations for all pupils’ and ‘ensure they make strong progress’ in their learning.
Helen Smith, Head Teacher at Whittingham Primary Academy, said:
“We are delighted with our most recent Ofsted report and the promising comments made by the inspectors. What is particularly pleasing is that the inspectors experienced for themselves the warm and friendly atmosphere at our academy and noted how engaged, happy and well-supported our children are.
“The school’s ongoing success is testament to the hard work and support of all our pupils, staff, parents and members of our local community and we are excited to build on this outcome for the future.”
Darran Ellison-Lee, Director of Primary Education at United Learning, said:
“This is a very encouraging judgement which demonstrates how the school continues to go from strength to strength. The report is highly complimentary about pupils and it is wonderful to read how happy they are at school and how excited they are about their learning. Likewise, inspectors praised the work of staff in helping pupils achieve well.
“Whilst the school has only been part of United Learning for a short time, we are really proud to have it in our group and we look forward to continuing to support the work of all pupils, staff, governors and parents.”