Welbourn academy judged ‘good’ in Ofsted report

Sir William Robertson Academy, Cameron Coles, Alicia Arnold, Libby Arnold (Head Girl), Mr Guest, Ven Brian Lucas, Tom Lane (Head Boy), Philip Balicki and Matthew Young EMN-150807-101224001
Sir William Robertson Academy, Cameron Coles, Alicia Arnold, Libby Arnold (Head Girl), Mr Guest, Ven Brian Lucas, Tom Lane (Head Boy), Philip Balicki and Matthew Young EMN-150807-101224001
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Sir William Robertson Academy is delighted after being judged as ‘good’ in all areas of the school, following its recent Ofsted inspection.

The Ofsted report praised developments in the school alongside the progress and behaviour of the pupils and their engagement in their learning.

Looking at all aspects of the Welbourn school, ranging from leadership and management, behaviour and safety of the pupils, quality of teaching and achievement of pupils to its sixth form provision, the Ofsted inspection found all areas to be ‘good’.

Headteacher Mark Guest said he was delighted by the judgement. He said: “The Ofsted inspectors judged the school to be ‘good’ in all areas of our work and this has been achieved because of the commitment of the children, the valued support of our parents and the hard work and skill of our staff, across the school. The positive judgement on the sixth form was particularly gratifying.”

The inspectors met with 15 of the current sixth form students as part of the report, of whom all 15 were intending to go to university and for all of them, they would be the first generation of their families to do so.

Mr Guest added: “Our sixth form raises the sights and ambitions of our students, embodying the school method ‘aspire’ in very real terms. Despite being a relatively new sixth form, it is now graded as ‘good’.

“At a time when Ofsted continues to raise the bar, expecting more from all schools, Sir William Robertson is improving its grading whilst others are slipping backwards.

“It is a fantastic time to be a pupil or a member of staff in this school.”

What the report said:

‘Students make good progress and achieve well across a range of GCSE subjects, including English and Maths.’

‘Teaching is good. Teachers have good subject knowledge. They teach with authority and enthusiasm.’

‘Lessons are engaging and enjoyable.’

‘Classrooms are calm, harmonious places. High levels of co-operation and respect are the norm in all classes.’

‘Students enjoy being at the Academy and are completely safe when in it.’

‘The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of students is at the hear of the curriculum.’

‘The headteacher provides strong leadership and clear direction to staff, parents and students. He receives strong support from skilled senior leaders and an effective governing body.’