A HEADTEACHER says she has “never felt prouder” after her school was rated ‘Good’ by education bosses – just over two years on from a ‘requires improvement’ rating.
Linda Whittaker, headteacher at Diamond Wood Community Academy in Ravensthorpe, has overseen the school’s rapid improvement having worked there for 32 years.
Since being rated as needing to improve by Ofsted in 2016, the school on North Road is now good in all areas.
Inspectors visited at the beginning of April and found that “leaders, together with effective support from the trust and governors, have successfully improved the quality of education since the previous inspection.”
A report published by Ofsted this week also said: “The quality of teaching across the school is now good. As a result, pupils make good progress from their low starting points, especially in mathematics and writing.”
Mrs Whittaker said: “I am so pleased to announce that Diamond Wood Community Academy has been judged as a ‘good’ school in all areas.
“In my 32 years at the school I have never felt prouder than I do at this time.
“I have every confidence that the school will continue on this amazing upward journey. Onwards and upwards!”
The school caters for 390 pupils aged between three and seven.
Ofsted also said that its “procedures for safeguarding pupils are highly effective” and “the school’s curriculum is very well adapted to take into account the diverse community the school serves.”
But to improve, the school must “improve pupils’ achievement in reading” and “further improve attendance by monitoring and evaluating rates of persistent absence for different groups of pupils”.
The school has also been shortlisted at this year’s TES schools awards. It’s up against other finalists in the innovative use of technology and primary school of the year categories.
Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Friday June 21 at Grosvenor House Hotel in London.