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Whitefriars School rated ‘Good’ in latest Ofsted inspection

Whitefriars School has been rated ‘Good’ in all categories in its latest Ofsted inspection, held on March 13 and 14 this year.

The review assessed the school’s overall effectiveness, quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management, early years provision, and sixth-form provision. The previous inspection had rated the school as ‘Outstanding’.

The report highlighted changes and improvements under the new leadership team led by Headteacher Pritam Vekaria.

It noted, “There has been much change in the last 12 months. The new leadership team is clear in its ambition for the school and the standards it has set. The impact of the changes can be seen and felt in every area of the school.”

Pupils were found to be happy and well-integrated in this inclusive environment. The report praised the school’s sense of community, stating, “This is a school where everyone is welcome and encouraged to do their best. There is a sense of community and belonging forged between the primary and secondary phases.”

The inspection revealed that the school’s curriculum had undergone substantial revisions to better match national standards. “Leaders have made significant changes to ensure the planned curriculum matches the scope and ambition of what is expected nationally. In most subjects, leaders have thought carefully about what pupils should learn and when,” the report noted.

The school’s early years provision received an ‘Outstanding’ rating, with inspectors noting the strong start for children, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

The report stated, “The curriculum is well designed and provides children with a range of opportunities for learning and language development. Rich opportunities ensure children develop secure social and emotional skills.”

The report also commended the school’s efforts in early reading and support for pupils learning English as an additional language. “Pupils’ early reading is prioritised. Staff have been well trained to use the school’s chosen programme. Pupils’ reading is checked so that any who fall behind are given extra support to catch up.”

Behaviour and attendance were also highlighted positively. “The new leadership team has introduced an effective behaviour strategy for the secondary phase. This builds on the well-established practice that is embedded in the primary phase. As a result, pupils understand the expectations of behaviour and routinely behave well.”

The leadership and management at Whitefriars were praised for their clear plans and effective governance. “Leaders, including those responsible for governance, understand the strengths of the school and have clear plans in place to secure further improvements.

“They have created an environment where staff are happy in their work and are fulsome in their praise of changes leaders have affected.”