STAFF, governors, pupils and parents are celebrating after Woodrow Infants School was rated ‘Good’ after a short Ofsted inspection just days before Christmas.
In her report, the inspector, Dr Bogusia Matusiak-Varley, sang the praises of the school team, led by headteacher Richard Kieran, saying: “You, your staff and governors have worked relentlessly to ensure pupils make good progress and are well prepared for the next stage of their education.”
The school has earned an international reputation for excellence in its use of drama to ‘hook’ children into learning, a fact not lost on the inspector.
“Your work on curriculum design is highly regarded, and this has had a very positive effect on raising aspirations in the community,” she said.
Dr Matusiak-Varley added that year-on-year standards had risen and parents were delighted with what the school offered.
She added the school had forged a ‘learning community’ where teachers were keen to learn from each other which created high levels of enthusiasm among pupils.
Mr Kieran said: “We are delighted; this report is testament to the incredible team we have at Woodrow, a partnership between parents, children, staff and governors who have done their utmost to make this school what it is – unique and a joy to work in.”