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Ofsted report shows Whitefield Schools Outstanding in all areas

Ofsted has just published its report following a full inspection of Whitefield Schools carried out on 6th and 7th December and we are delighted with the outcomes.

Whitefield Schools was found to be Outstanding in all 6 areas that Ofsted look at:

  • Effectiveness of leadership and management
  • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare
  • Outcomes for pupils
  • Early Years Provision
  • 16 to 19 study programmes


A copy of Ofsted’s full report is attached below, but among the many positive comments in the report, inspectors noted that:

  • All groups of pupils across all key stages make outstanding progress in a range of subjects.
  • Teachers and support staff use their expertise extremely well to make sure each pupil’s needs and abilities are met precisely.
  • Pupils are prepared extremely well for adult life so that they are able to make a positive contribution in society.
  • Pupils’ behaviour and safety are consistently well managed with respect and dignity.

Whitefield Principal Laura Pease said “The outcome reflects the skills, hard work and commitment of our staff team and Directors throughout the year and the support of parents working with the school to achieve the very best for our children and young people.

I’m grateful to parents and carers who shared their views of the school, both through conversations with the inspectors and through responding to the school’s parent questionnaire earlier in the term. “

Whitefield Academy Trust CEO Elaine Colquhoun added “I am thrilled at the Ofsted outcome of Outstanding in every category. This well reflects the dedication of the Academy community, the resilience of the staff and leadership and of course the hard work of our children and young people”.

Caroline Sheppard, Whitefield Academy Trust Chair of Directors commented “We are delighted that Ofsted assessed Whitefield Schools as ‘Outstanding’ in every area. All staff and pupils have contributed tirelessly and enthusiastically to achieve this well-deserved accolade and we congratulate them all. The Directors of the Whitefield Academy Trust are particularly pleased that the inspectors recognised that 'excellent training and development have been the main drivers for securing outstanding teaching and boosting leadership capacity at all levels'".

Dr Adam Boddison, Chief Executive of national special educational needs charity, Nasen said: “The team at Whitefield Academy Trust deserve to be outstanding because they truly provide an outstanding learning experience for the children and young people in their community.  Having visited the school, I have seen first-hand the quality of provision and how happy and safe children are.  I particularly agree with the part of the Ofsted report that says: Teaching is outstanding because teachers and support staff use their expertise in special educational needs extremely well to make sure each pupil’s needs and abilities are met precisely’”.

The whole Whitefield community is celebrating an excellent report and anticipating further developments across the Whitefield Academy Trust. As a centre of excellence, we look forward to sharing best practice nationally and internationally in the coming months and years.