Teachers and pupils have been praised after another Wolverhampton school was rated "Outstanding" by Ofsted following a recent inspection.

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Inspectors found that the leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, outcomes and personal development, behaviour and welfare of pupils at Whitgreave Junior School were all outstanding, the highest rating available.

In their report, published to parents this week, inspectors said: "The headteacher is a decisive and inspirational leader. In partnership with the deputy headteacher she ensures that staff help pupils make rapid progress over time."

They found pupils' behaviour to be "excellent", saying they are "kind and thoughtful" and play a central role in school improvement. They also make "outstanding progress" from their different starting points, with a high proportion exceeding the knowledge and skills expected for their age.

Inspectors said that: "Senior leaders and staff go above and beyond what would normally be expected to keep pupils safe."

The pupils are safe and very well cared for in a "harmonious and secure environment", with everyone being treated with respect. And they found governors to be "highly effective and carry out their roles diligently".

Headteacher Sarah Redfern said: "I feel extremely privileged and very proud to be the headteacher of such an exciting and vibrant school.

"All members of the Whitgreave team are totally dedicated and work tirelessly to achieve the very best for all of our amazing pupils and to be recognised for this by Ofsted is such an excellent achievement. We will continue to work together as a cohesive team, to further enhance our current provision."

Councillor Claire Darke, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education, said: "This is an outstanding inspection report in every way, and I'd like to congratulate the headteacher, her staff, governors and of course the pupils and their parents for securing such a fantastic result.

"Across the city, 76% of Wolverhampton's schools are now judged as either good or outstanding, compared to just 57% 2 years ago - and also above the West Midlands average of 73% of schools.

"We want every school to be at least good - and ideally outstanding like Whitgreave Junior School - and we will work tirelessly to achieve this outcome."

The inspection took place at the school on Goodyear Avenue, Low Hill, on 3 and 4 November. The report will be published on the Ofsted website in due course.

  • released: Thursday 3 December, 2015