The Westleigh SchoolThe Westleigh School has been praised for their dedication to providing life-enhancing education after being judged as ‘good’ in all areas during a two-day Ofsted inspection.

The Leigh-based secondary school received the fantastic rating in their first inspection as an academy, after joining the Shaw Education Trust in 2018.

Principal Carlton Bramwell said: “This result has been achieved because we, as a community, believe that anything is possible. Our commitment to secure the best possible outcomes and life chances for all our learners is stronger than ever.”

School leaders were praised for instilling “high expectations into all aspects of pupils’ school lives” by fostering a culture of inclusion and ambition in which pupils are supported to “overcome any social disadvantage or other barrier to success”, and contribute to the wider school community.

This is achieved through a curriculum which builds on pupils’ prior knowledge and a strong programme of enrichment activities that holds inclusivity at heart, such as the school’s GLOW (gay, lesbian or whatever) group, as well as regular participation in community projects and valuable visits to areas of interest.

Ofsted’s report also highlighted the impressive abilities of the schools dedicated staff team in identifying additional needs promptly and providing the necessary support to enable pupils with differing needs to “progress well through the same curriculum as other pupils”.

Ofsted Good Rating

Mr Bramwell continued: “Our incredible partnership with the Shaw Education Trust will ensure excellence is our only acceptable standard.

“We are committed to providing our students with the best possible educational experience and prepare them for life after school.”

School staff were delighted to receive praise from Ofsted for their provision of comprehensive personal development education and “high-quality, independent careers advice and guidance” to enable pupils to succeed in modern Britain. 

Meanwhile, pupils at the school were commended for being well behaved and focused on learning in class, with Ofsted finding that pupils “benefit immensely from the Westleigh pledge”, further adding to the strong engagement and continued commitment to high quality provision that is demonstrated across all aspects of school life.

Shaw Education Trust’s CEO, Jo Morgan, commented: “We are absolutely delighted that the exceptional progress The Westleigh School, its leaders, staff, and students, have made is celebrated in this Ofsted report.

“This is the first stage of their remarkable journey and with the continued support of the Trust, will relentlessly drive forward to even greater heights.”