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Outstanding result from Ofsted

Staff, pupils and parents from our school can all enjoy that top of the class feeling after William Morris Primary received the top ranking possible from Ofsted inspectors after their recent visit.

To achieve the prestigious ‘Outstanding’ rating is a huge honour, and a tribute to all the hard work put in by teachers, school staff, pupils, parents and other members of the William Morris Primary family.

This transformation is all the more remarkable considering that just two years ago, when headteacher Julie Hiddleston and her leadership team took over, the school was in special measures, which means it needs extra inspection and monitoring of its standards by government inspectors.

“We’ve worked incredibly hard over the last two years to raise standards, and we’re very proud of what we’ve achieved here, so to receive external recognition like this – and not just a good report, but the very highest one we could possibly get - is a huge achievement,” said Miss Hiddleston.

“Everyone involved with the school - staff, pupils, parents and families – you’ve all made a real difference and helped this to happen. We had ideas what we wanted to do with the school, and with your assistance, we’ve managed to make them into reality. We couldn’t be prouder of you all, or happier.”

Across the board, inspectors were hugely impressed by what we are doing at the school. They commented on the “excellent” behaviour and personal development of our pupils, and praised our teaching staff for their “huge ambition” for children.

We also scored well for the special attention given to disadvantaged pupils, and the positive impact that this has on their academic performance, the way that special needs pupils play a fully integrated part in school life, and the overall “warm and inclusive atmosphere” of the school.

Teachers got top marks too, for their “calm, purposeful and precise” approach to teaching, ensuring that no pupil is left behind on their learning journey.

This wonderful report from Ofsted is the school’s second big academic achievement of the year, coming so soon after the school’s best ever SATS results, so hopefully this is a sign of more great things to come in the future.

Things are set to get even better this year, as we have launched our brand new STEAM curriculum with exciting opportunities to build sustainable shelters, build robotic vehicles, explore rockets and space, work with engineers to design prototypes for cars and develop incredible skills in the arts including performance art.
Places in our school are filling-up fast as we get ready to tackle the next academic year.

The national pupil average for pupils reaching the expected standard in reading, writing and maths is 64% but in this year’s tests, William Morris pupils scored a remarkable 69%, another huge success of which we should all feel very proud.

Our school is part of the GLF Schools group, a Surrey-based trust which manages 30 schools across the south east of England, and as part of that we have links with Longford Park School. The GLF way of working encourages head teachers and school managers to work together, sharing ideas, and since William Morris Primary joined the GLF group, our performance has really improved, which is something else the inspectors commented on.

This just goes to show how much of a difference it can make to life, and how things can improve, when people work together. Over the last two years, the William Morris Primary family has worked together incredibly hard, to achieve great things, as our SATS and now Ofsted results show.  Thank you all so much for the efforts you have made to help bring these things about, and we all hope we can look forward to more similar news in the future.