Success at Woodside

Woodside Academy was branded as “failing” in 2012 and is now on the way up.

Ofsted inspectors, who visited The Woodside Primary Academy at the end of April, recognised the significant improvements that had taken place since Shane Tewes was appointed by the REAch2 Academy Trust as full-time headteacher in September 2013.

They awarded the school a Requires Improvement judgement.

The inspectors described senior leaders and the academy trust as “highly ambitious for pupils to do as well as they can”, having taken rigorous action to tackle a legacy of weak teaching and to raise achievement.

They added that “the school is led by an extremely capable head teacher who has implemented many important changes that are having a positive impact in creating a culture where teaching and good behaviour can flourish”.

It was also acknowledged that teaching had improved in most classes and year groups and that most of the 933 children were making good progress across the school’s two sites in Wood Street, Walthamstow. Their enthusiasm to learn was praised.

Listing the next steps the school must take, the inspectors said that more time was needed to demonstrate that all the changes and improvements had been embedded.

They said that the school needs to raise further the quality of teaching so that it is consistently good or better in every year group; raise achievement in writing and mathematics; make sure that all new staff and those already in school share senior leaders’ high aspirations; ensure that all children behave well in class. They went on to say that the school’s programme to develop the skills of newly qualified teachers is of good quality.

Shane Tewes said: “We are delighted that Woodside is no longer in Special Measures and is well on its way to being recognised as a Good school.

“We believe that every parent wants to see his or her children being taught by good teachers and making good progress in their learning, but also in terms of their confidence, personal ambition and sense of social responsibility. That is what we aim to achieve.

“The Inspectors praised the splendid work of our Senior Leadership Team to raise standards of teaching and learning in the school since last September and the good progress that the vast majority of our children have made in a relatively short time thanks to the hard work of our dedicated staff and support of parents.