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 the behaviour as ‘impressive’ and said the opportunities to build students’ ‘confidence, self-esteem and resilience are wide-ranging and purposeful’.
GCSE Results Westside School 2023
It has been another great year for KS4 outcomes for the vast majority of students in the school. Westside works hard to ensure that our students are given the opportunity to get back on track in education and achieve highly in a variety of GCSE and vocational qualifications. Whilst we understand that not all achievements are academic, we recognise that having good exam results is often what is required to re-engage young people in education, which is the cornerstone of our mission. Offering a broad and balanced curriculum is important to ensure that Westside students are not disadvantaged by attending an Alternative Provision. Often AP is seen as a poor relation to mainstream education and that opportunities for students are limited. Westside consistently demonstrates that our students can, and do achieve qualifications like their peers in other settings. Some of the highlights this year include:
100% of vocational students achieving a pass in ICT, Enterprise, Hair and Beauty, Sports Science at both L1 and L2
67% GCSE grade 4 and above GCSE Combined Science
50% GCSE grade 5 and above in Art
40% GCSE grade 4 and above in English Literature
One student achieving 9 GCSE passes at grades 6-8
Our first grade 8 achieved in French; our first grade 6 in computing.
20% of all students achieving five good GCSE passes including Maths and English
It is truly humbling to see that the students have been rewarded for their hard-work, resilience and ambition. I wish our students continued success and hope that they will stay in touch with us beyond their time in the school. Our transition and alumnae support for leavers of Westside is offered for as long as it is required and is there to support students not just with their first next steps, but throughout the challenges of early adulthood.
Well done to the class of 2023 on their amazing achievements.