Officially Outstanding! Posted on: 31 Jan 2018

Whitburn C of E Academy and Sixth Form is Officially Outstanding!

We are pleased to announce that we can now publish the report from our OFSTED inspection on 10th January, which confirms that the overall effectiveness of the school remains outstanding.

Any ‘outstanding’ school which adds a Sixth Form is inspected within 3 years of the opening date, so the inspection focused on the Sixth Form provision and whether the school was still providing an outstanding education for all students.

The report recognises that our Sixth Form is also outstanding, with the inspectors concluding that “teaching in the Sixth Form is equally effective as in the rest of the school” and our Sixth Form students “have high aspirations, know where they are headed and feel well supported on their journey to get there”.

The report can be found here: OFSTED Report January 2018

Mr Hardie commented “This is a fantastic achievement and I am extremely proud to lead such an amazing community.  I am also incredibly grateful for the support from parents and carers, which is undoubtedly a huge part of Whitburn’s success story as an “Outstanding” and “World Class” school.  The report is full of many wonderful comments and I am particularly proud that it recognises the dedication and hard work of our staff and governors, and just how amazing our students are through their “exemplary behaviour” and “excellent attitudes which make them wonderful ambassadors for the school”.

Mrs J Mulley, Chair of Governors said “I am absolutely delighted that Whitburn C of E Academy has received such an outstanding OFSTED report.  It reflects the hard work and commitment of a dedicated Principal and staff who work tirelessly to achieve such outstanding results.  The Christian ethos of our school which pervades all areas of school life is very important to us and we are pleased that it has been recognised as one of the strengths of the school.  I have an immense pride in the excellent overall behaviour and work ethic of our pupils and so I am extremely pleased that the Ofsted Inspectors recognised this and praised our pupils so highly.  To have been designated outstanding for our recently opened Sixth Form is an amazing accolade and again reflects the hard work and dedication of staff and students.  The Ofsted process is extremely rigorous and to be deemed as remaining outstanding is a wonderful achievement and one that my fellow governors and I take enormous pride in.”