Exam Results & Ofsted
Westside School in Hammersmith has become the first Alternative Provision in the country to be judged Outstanding under the new Ofsted Framework.
Under the new framework, which came into effect in September, it is now much harder for schools to achieve the top rating. Indeed, a number of schools inspected this term have seen their ratings fall under the tougher and more challenging framework.
Westside School has bucked the trend with a highly positive report in which it is judged ‘outstanding’ in every category. The inspectors who spent two days at the school began their glowing report by simply stating that students ‘get a great deal’ in the school.
The inspection found that on arrival at Westside ‘a dramatic shift starts to happen’ with most students rediscovering ‘their love of learning’. The school has an excellent retention rate with the majority of students staying until Year 11 allowing them to achieve a wide range of academic GCSEs and practical qualifications. Importantly, all move on to further education, training and apprenticeships – something that would have been highly unlikely if the students had stayed in their previous settings.
As well as strong academic provision, the inspectors praised the quality of welfare and safety. They described behaviour as ‘impressive’ and said the opportunities to build students’ ‘confidence, self-esteem and resilience are wide ranging and purposeful’.