Ofsted praises Wodensborough Ormiston Academy for progress

Ofsted has praised Wodensborough Ormiston Academy (WOA) in Wednesbury for the progress being made at the school.

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Inspectors said that senior leaders and the academy’s sponsor, Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) are taking effective action to drive improvement. They noted considerable improvements in the effectiveness of teaching and learning, resulting in improving levels of attainment.

In its monitoring report, Ofsted highlighted how the restructured senior and middle management teams have strengthened capacity and driven improvements in teaching and learning at the academy.

Principal Leigh Moore, appointed in January 2016, has spearheaded this restructuring and the resulting improvement, with her clear vision for the school – Believe, Achieve, Succeed – which aims to raise aspirations and standards and ensure that all students have access to the best education possible in order to fulfil their potential.

Ofsted also referenced the wide range of effective external support provided to the academy by OAT, particularly noting the positive impact of mentoring and human resource support, opportunities for collaboration and best practice sharing with other OAT academies, as well as the extra capacity that the Trust has provided on a range of subjects helping to improve the skills and effectiveness of school staff.

Since joining OAT in 2013, the academy has made considerable progress, having been taken out of special measures in its first inspection after joining the Trust in October 2016, and now making good progress towards becoming a "Good" school.

The report also highlighted that:

  • Middle leaders shape clear strategic plans that drive further improvements in teachers’ effectiveness
  • Attainment is increasing in key subjects identified for improvement, including geography and science, with students benefitting from strengthened subject leadership
  • Staff have developed positive working relationships with students, who are more engaged with their learning, keen to contribute to class discussions and to share their knowledge with teachers and their peers
  • Achievements is improving for Year 11 students and are up on last year, with particularly notable improvements across option subjects and clear improvement in English and mathematics
  • The attainment of younger students is increasing across a range of subjects
  • Attendance has improved and the number of exclusions has decreased with effective measures now in place to support both disadvantaged and SEND students

Leigh Moore, Principal of Wodensborough Ormiston Academy, said:

"I am delighted that Ofsted has recognised the real progress being made at Wodensborough Ormiston Academy for the benefit of our students. I’d like to thank our dedicated staff and hard-working students, as well as our supportive parents, for what has been achieved so far.

We are a school on a journey and we will continue to work hard as team as we look to make further improvements and to raise aspirations and achievement for all our students.

Jason Howard, Regional Director West, Ormiston Academies Trust, said:

"We are delighted to see significant progress being made at Wodensborough Ormiston Academy. The report rightly recognises the commitment and hard work of the leadership team, which is delivering results.

"Ormiston Academies Trust will continue to support the Academy on its journey of school improvement to ensure that every student, no matter what their background, is able to thrive."

To read the Ofsted report, please visit Wodensborough Ormiston Academy website.