Wychwood School: An inspector calls

wychwoodschoolIn May we ’got the call’ to say Ofsted would be visiting the next day.  The inspection happened to take place on our Outdoor Learning Day when the activities included fire making, poetry in the environment, buddy reading in the willow domes, problem solving and clay modelling.  Our Key Stage One children went for a visit to the Wild Gardens and did a tree hunt, some natural art pictures and poetry. Here is a snippet of the inspector’s comments following her visit:

‘You have a very clear vision of what you want education at Wychwood to look like. Pupils are, securely, at the very centre of this vision. Consequently, they achieve well and enjoy coming to school. You and your team take the time to know each pupil well. Relationships throughout the school are mutually respectful and good humoured. You have formed strong bonds with pupils, parents, carers, staff and the community, which have resulted in a united and happy school in which children thrive. They relish the many opportunities provided by the school for them to be active and healthy. They are clear about the school’s expectations of them being ‘ready, respectful and safe’, which they model through, for example, completing risk assessments before climbing the trees. Teaching across the school is highly effective. Teachers listen carefully to pupils. Teachers’ expectations are high, and pupils respond with enthusiasm.’ The parents are invited to log their views and she commented: One parent typified the views of many in writing: ‘It’s a lovely school, with a real passion for helping every child .’ 

We are pleased that Ofsted recognises the hard work that all staff, governors and children continue to do in our school.  The full copy of the report can be found on the school website.

Staff Changes:  the end of the school year saw the retirement of Susan Hall who has worked at the school for 29 years.  Sue has seen many changes in this time to the school itself, the staffing, the curriculum and in the past few years teaching the offspring of children she taught when she first joined the school. We would like to thank her for her hard work and dedication to the school. Miss Adams also left to go and teach in Dubai; she has been a very valued member of the school staff who joined us as a new teacher and we will miss her, but look forward to hearing about her exciting career move.

Julie Hemming

August-September 2019