Westacre Middle School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Middle
PUPILS
451
AGES
9 - 12
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Community school
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The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

Source: All attending pupils National School Census Data 2021, ONS
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How Does The School Perform?

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NATIONAL AVG. 2.08
Ofsted Inspection
(14/3/17)
Full Report - All Reports
60%
NATIONAL AVG. 65%
% pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics



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School Results Over Time

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% pupils meeting the expected standard in Key Stage 2 tests (age 11)
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% pupils meeting the higher standard in Key Stage 2 tests (age 11)

These results over time show historic performance for key exam results. We show pre-pandemic results as the fairest indicator of whether performance is up, down or stable

Ombersley Way
Droitwich
WR9 0AA
01905772795

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. You have managed a number of changes to the senior leadership team since the last inspection. You now have a team that is supportive and effective and together you have been successful in bringing about positive change and improvement. You have the complete support of the governing body. The Parent View questionnaire, to which there were 70 responses, showed that parents have confidence in you and the school. Every initiative that you have implemented has been driven by your passion and determination to enable all children to be the best that they can. This is reflected in the new school motto, ‘Inspire, Challenge, Achieve’, which is to be seen all around the school as a constant reminder to all stakeholders. Since the last inspection you have successfully addressed the areas for improvement identified at the time. You have established very strong links between the school and its feeder first schools, as well as with the high school that the majority of your Year 7 pupils move on to. Leaders have been very proactive in ensuring that good-quality information about those pupils joining in Year 5 is gathered during the year leading up to entry. This has enabled a strong focus on tailoring the curriculum and learning to the needs of the individual and hence ensuring that pupils make strong progress in their first year at Westacre Middle School. During our visits to lessons together it was evident that pupils, including the most able, are fully challenged and make good progress in both English and Mathematics. However, there has not been enough time as yet for recently-introduced initiatives to have a full impact on pupils achieving a greater depth of understanding. You have put in place successful strategies to raise the quality of teaching and learning that have enhanced the skills of all the staff. You have ensured that teachers check carefully on pupils’ progress during lessons, which allows teachers to adapt to the needs of individual pupils and plan effectively. Teachers provide for the different abilities and needs of the pupils enabling most pupils to make good progress. However there is still work to do to ensure that disadvantaged pupils make even stronger progress. Safeguarding is effective. All procedures and policies are in place to ensure that safeguarding has a very high profile. You have provided all staff with the appropriate training and have developed a shared understanding that the safeguarding of pupils is everyone’s responsibility. By building relationships with outside agencies you have further strengthened safeguarding and provided deeper layers of support to ensure that all pupils are safe. Pupils are very knowledgeable about how to keep themselves safe and this is well illustrated by the work that the school’s ‘Cyber Council’ do in promoting e-safety. Your actions to involve parents in the work of the school have given them confidence and a sense of security for the well-being of their children. This is shown by your determination to account for all children when absent, which parents appreciate as part of your responsibility and goes towards their sense of trust and faith in you. Inspection findings You have made it a priority to respond swiftly to pupils’ absence. Procedures are rigorous and action to establish the reasons for absence is immediate. As part of the school’s ongoing drive to address high levels of absence and persistent absence amongst vulnerable pupils, leaders make sure that they have a good understanding of the circumstances relating to individual pupils and the factors influencing absence levels. However, the current absence levels are still too high for those pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities and those pupils who receive free school meals. Pupils behave well and have positive attitudes towards learning. During lessons they work hard and support one another when working collaboratively. Their manners are impeccable and they show courtesy at all times and move sensibly around the school. Pupils are happy and say that behaviour is good. This is reflected in the behaviour records. When incidents of unacceptable behaviour occur they are dealt with swiftly and the necessary action is taken to eliminate reoccurrence. Teaching is good. Imaginative tasks engage the pupils’ interest. Adults help pupils to learn without hindering their research, endeavour or investigation. Tasks are well timed to ensure that pupils get the most from each one. Teachers plan well, adapting plans on a daily basis to address pupils’ needs and gaps in understanding. Pupils are challenged to work hard. They accurately judge their own work and what needs to be improved against given expectations. Pupils chat quietly and purposefully about work, sharing ideas and discussing what they have learned. Disadvantaged pupils are making good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. This was evident in books and from the current school data. A new initiative in mathematics, targeted specifically at disadvantaged pupils, is beginning to have a positive impact on their rate of progress. Leaders are aware of the need to further increase the progress that disadvantaged pupils make in all subjects in order to diminish the difference in attainment between these pupils and all other pupils nationally. At present, although the progress of disadvantaged pupils is good, it is not strong enough to make up for ground lost by these pupils in the past and bring their attainment in line with all other pupils nationally. Leaders are conscious of the need to support most-able pupils to reach their full potential. Consequently, a number of strategies have been implemented to enable most-able pupils to make better progress. High-quality questioning about their work from teachers challenges pupils to think deeply. Teachers have high expectations and changes to the timetable have enabled small group teaching in mathematics to focus on the level of challenge for most-able pupils. However, there has not been enough time as yet to have the impact that enables more of this group of pupils to achieve a greater depth of understanding. The school has identified the need to raise the levels of progress of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. To this end a number of strategies have been introduced recently to support these pupils more effectively. Recent initiatives, particularly in reading, are producing stronger progress although these are still to have the same level of impact in mathematics. Next steps for the school Leaders and those responsible for governance should ensure that: attendance levels for pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities and pupils who qualify for free school meals are at least in line with national averages teachers maintain high levels of challenge for all pupils, especially those who are most able, to ensure that more pupils achieve a greater depth of understanding in English and mathematics disadvantaged pupils continue to make stronger progress to ensure that their attainment is in line with all other pupils nationally. I am copying this letter to the chair of the governing body, the regional schools commissioner and the director of children’s services for Worcestershire. This letter will be published on the Ofsted website. Yours sincerely Richard Ellis Ofsted Inspector Information about the inspection During the inspection I met with you, your senior leaders, other members of staff and governors. You and I conducted a learning walk, which involved visits to classrooms to observe the quality of teaching and learning. During this time, we took the opportunity to look at pupils’ books together. I also spoke with a number of pupils about their learning and their experiences of being a pupil at your school. I looked at displays around the school and saw further examples of pupils’ work. I scrutinised the single central record to check that it complies with the government’s requirements. I held discussions with you as the designated safeguarding lead, looked at behaviour logs and reviewed attendance information. I spoke with staff and looked at the staff questionnaire results. I reviewed the 70 responses to Parent View, Ofsted’s online questionnaire and spoke with a number of parents at the end of the school day.

Westacre Middle School Parent Reviews



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Strongly Agree 65% Agree 35% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>65, "agree"=>35, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 17 responses up to 04-03-2022
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