Watling Park School in Burnt Oak, Barnet, has been awarded a ‘Good’ rating by Ofsted.
The school recently underwent an inspection on the 27th and 28th of June 2023 with the results published in September.
The report stated, “This is a welcoming school, where pupils are happy and safe. Leaders have high expectations of what pupils can and should accomplish. This includes pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Children in the early years learn routines, listen to staff, and follow instructions. Pupils’ behaviour rarely disrupts learning in class. Pupils are kind and respectful, and they want to do well.
“They are proud of their achievements and enjoy the experiences that leaders organise, including musical productions, printmaking, and chess, visits to museums, dance festivals, or a residential journey to Cuffley Camp.
“Pupils want to help make their school a better place. They helped to choose the school’s values and actively demonstrate them in school. They are proud of the roles they have in school, including acting as members of the school’s parliament and the green council.
“They feel that their contributions are valued, that they are listened to, and that they make a difference to their school and wider community. Pupils raise funds for charities and to buy equipment so that the school can be more environmentally friendly.”
The report went on to praise the school demonstrated strengths in its curriculum development and commitment to fostering a safe environment. The school’s curriculum, aligned with the national curriculum, has been carefully structured to support pupils in building on prior knowledge, ensuring a smooth transition between stages.
Safeguarding measures at Watling Park School are robust, with leaders understanding the needs of pupils and the community. Staff are well-trained to identify and report safeguarding concerns, fostering a culture of safety within the school.
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