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SES Summary April 2016

The Effectiveness of Leadership and Management at Willoughby is OUTSTANDING.

  • The school has successfully improved since the last inspection (October 2012) where all aspects of the school’s provision including the quality of Leadership and Management were judged to be good.
  • The school has a clear focus on improving teaching and learning. We have regular visits by the School Improvement Adviser, LA School Improvement Partner and Governors and to focus on this aim.
  • Governors are strong and committed to guiding the direction of the school and they provide ‘challenge’ to the Headteacher and wider leadership team.
  • All aspects of staff training and meetings have the core focus of improving the quality of Teaching and Learning at the school.
  • Aspirations have been raised. Overall staff have higher expectations of pupil performance. The sixth form curriculum is giving greater challenge and academic opportunities alongside preparing the students for independence and the world of work.
  • The PE premium funding provides excellent value for money and has increased pupil participation and improved both their performance and well-being.
  • Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is carefully planned and furthered through the daily and wider curriculum.
  • Pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain through the rich, balanced and individualised curriculum available to all.
  • Performance management is used extremely effectively with all staff across the school to promote effective practice and build leadership capacity.
  • Pupils’ physical well-being is at the forefront of whole school, class and individual provision which enables all pupils to thrive.
  • Safe practices and a culture of safety are promoted through the curriculum.
  • Engagement and interaction with parents is outstanding. Parents and carers are delighted with the schools’ provision.
  • Transition practise in each key stage is very strong.
  • Work related learning and life skills enrich opportunities and are very well led.

The Teaching, Learning and Assessment at Willoughby is OUTSTANDING.

  • 96% of lessons observed 2014/15 were Good or Outstanding (52% Outstanding), no lessons were judged inadequate. So far this academic year 2015/16, 51% of lesson were graded as outstanding, 45% good and 4% requires improvement.
  • In July 2015 95% of pupils achieved or exceeded challenging school targets (derived from Progression Guidance and CASPA) in all 4 key subject areas (English, Maths, Science, PSD).  Progress this academic year 2015/16, has seen 75% (Autumn 2015) and 92% (Spring 2016) of pupils achieve or exceed their targets.  Summer 2016 predictions are for 95% – 97% of pupils to achieve or exceed their targets in all 4 key subject areas.
  • High quality teaching and learning combined with outstanding outcomes, results in an overall ‘Outstanding’ grade. 
  • The quality of teaching has improved significantly over the past 2 years (from 18% Outstanding in 2012-13 to 52% Outstanding in 2014/15).
  • Wider validation supports these judgements (from parents, pupils, Local Authority, School Improvement Advisor).
  • Analysis of the effectiveness of Teaching, Learning and Assessment based on triangulation (of lesson observation data, pupil achievement outcomes and wider validation) would evidence that overall the majority of teaching is consistently Outstanding.
  • Regular focused Learning Walks 2015/16 carried out jointly by the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher (verified by the SIA) support the Outstanding grade.

The Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare of pupils at Willoughby is OUTSTANDING.

  • The pupils at Willoughby demonstrate a very good attitude to their learning and behave very well in lessons.
  • There are very high expectations for pupil conduct.
  • Behaviour was judged to be outstanding in 64% of lessons, and good or outstanding in 100% of lessons, Academic Year 2015/16 lesson observations.
  • Regular focused learning walks carried out jointly by the Headteacher and deputy Headteacher support the outstanding grading.
  • Wider validation supports these judgements (from Parents. Pupils, Local Authority, School Improvement Advisor).
  • 100% of parents/carers believe that their child is well looked after 80% agree that the school deals effectively with bullying (20% didn’t know and 98% believe that pupils are well behaved at the school (2% didn’t know).
  • Attendance is very good.  Over the last 5 years it has been between 90 and 91%.
  • Pupils’ physical and emotional well-being is at the forefront of whole school, class and individual provision which enables all pupils to thrive.
  • Safeguarding practice is outstanding. Single central record is in place and maintained, training for staff is regular and updated, all designated staff training is up to date, all volunteers / supply staff are given safeguarding guidance on arrival. The health & safety governors team meet regularly to monitor safeguarding.

The Outcomes for pupils at Willoughby school are OUTSTANDING.

  • The proportion of Outstanding teaching continues to increase from18% Outstanding in 2012-13 to 51% Outstanding so far this academic year 2014/15.
  • The academic year 2014/15 saw 95% of pupils achieve or exceed their challenging school targets (derived from Progression Guidance and CASPA) in all 4 key subject areas (English, Maths, Science, PSD).  Progress this academic year 2015/16, has seen 75% (Autumn 2015) and 92% (Spring 2016) of pupils achieve or exceed their targets.  Summer 2016 predictions are for 95% – 97% of pupils to achieve or exceed their targets in all 4 key subject areas.
  • Evidence of each pupil’s learning clearly demonstrates outstanding progress for all groups over the short, medium and long term.
  • The outstanding practice of linking teaching and learning with assessment to ensure optimum progress for all pupils is embedded throughout the school.
  • A rigorous cycle of Quality Assurance including external validation (SIA, Peer to Peer Review, moderation) supports and validates the SES judgements.
  • Parental Feedback states that 94% of parents agree or strongly agree that their child makes good progress at the school (6% didn’t know) and 100% would recommend Willoughby to another parent.
  • THE EHC process and person centred planning ensures that pupils are involved in their future and are extremely well equipped for the next stage of their education and future life.
  • Effective multi-agency working with professionals including SALT, Physiotherapy, OT, CAMHS, SESS, EP promotes learning and offers individualised support.
  • Teachers are able to adapt their teaching to meet the needs of changing cohorts (increasing numbers of pupils with PMLD and/or complex needs).

External Validation supports our grading.

  • “The Headteacher has been set robust performance management targets to ensure areas for improvement are swiftly acted upon and that quality assurance procedures are robust.” Willoughby SIA
  •  “I couldn’t ask for a better school.” Willoughby parent
  • “The school has a clear focus on providing the highest quality of pastoral care and teaching.” LCC SIA
  • “The quality of teaching and care at Willoughby is exceptionally high.  All staff teachers, teaching assistants and support staff are extremely caring.” Willoughby parent
  • “Willoughby supports the Lincolnshire SEN vision of providing the highest quality of teaching, learning and care to our local communities.”  LCC Children’s Services Manager
  • “A brilliant environment for my child.  I would highly recommend Willoughby to other parents.”Willoughby parent