Academic excellence in a global society; with progress for all “….the school’s senior leadership team have a strong, clear vision that they share exceptionally well….” – ESTYN 2018
I was once told that it is embarrassing to be reminded how fantastic you are – do not believe anyone who says this. The recent ESTYN inspection report for Westbourne School stated Excellent in all FIVE key questions (Standards, Well-Being, Teaching & Learning, Care and Leadership) and reminded me in every sentence how high our standards are – and I did not feel at all bashful. When all your efforts are both recognised and applauded by complete strangers, it is not only official confirmation that you are doing the right things, but an incredibly secure platform on which the entire school community can build and move forward further.
The standards of all our pupils, from Nursery to the Sixth form, have always been outstanding – in literacy, numeracy, GCSEs and IB Diploma:
“The standards achieved by pupils at Westbourne School are extremely high and pupils with English as an additional language make particularly good progress”
“In 2017, all pupils in the sixth form passed the IB Diploma. Of these, 80% achieved above the world average of 30 points while 13% achieved more than 40 points.”
However, it was particularly pleasing that the school’s long-term planning and implementation was recognised as exemplar. We pride ourselves on ensuring that every pupil’s needs are met and that the entire school community has confidence in the leadership. Although only appointed as Principal in November 2017, the inspectors quickly evidenced how meticulous planning over a number of years had ensured a completely smooth transition between past and present senior roles within the school:
“Estyn will invite the school to prepare case studies on its work in relation to the support provided to pupils with English as an additional language and the approach to succession planning taken by the proprietor to ensure a smooth transition in the change to the school’s senior leadership”
We believe that this statement spoke volumes for the direction and decisions the school has made at every level in recent years – and at the same time understand the incredibly high standards we have achieved in attaining Excellent in every category.
For me personally, this is an excellent start to my tenure as school Principal, and I want this to be the opportunity for us all at Westbourne to set ourselves even higher targets for the future. Standards in education are getting higher, and I know it will be even harder in five or six years to achieve such a significant accolade; but I believe in everything we have done, are doing …… and will do in the future at this Excellent school.
Dr. Gerard Griffiths