John Wheeldon celbrates Ofsted 'Good'

07th October 2019
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John Wheeldon Primary Academy is absolutely thrilled to be able to announce the outcome of this September’s Ofsted inspection.

The academy has been judged to be “Good” in all five inspected areas, and as Good overall. This is the first time the academy has received this judgement in 11 years and recognises the long journey it has been on since joining SUAT as an inadequate school in 2014.

Parents at the academy received the news from the head boy and girl who read out each judgement over the PA system on the yard after school. All staff are delighted that their hard work over the last few years has been recognised in this way.

The report highlights many areas in which the children’s health, wellbeing and education are supported and promoted throughout the academy. Quotes include:

  • The school’s motto of being proud of all you do underpins learning and school life
  • Pupils enjoy learning
  • Pupils are happy to come to school where they feel safe and well cared for
  • Teachers are ambitious for pupils and have high expectations of the quality of work they will produce
  • Pupils are proud of their work and can talk about what they have learned
  • PE is a strength in the school
  • In the early years, children in the Reception classes settle well into routines – their imaginations and curiosity are also stimulated
  • Staff nurture children so that they feel safe and valued.
  • The school is well led and managed
  • Pupils behave well

Academy Principal, Richard Sutton, said “This is the culmination of the hard work and commitment shown by the staff here. Although we are very proud of this report, it is, however, only the end of the beginning. John Wheeldon can, and will, become a flagship Staffordshire school.”