As an independent school we are inspected at least every three years by ISI, an inspection agency licensed by Ofsted. Our last full inspection was in October 2017 when the Educational Quality and the Regulatory Compliance were both inspected.
We are delighted to report that, in the Educational Quality inspection we were judged to be excellent or good in all categories. “Pupils of all ages achieve well so ensure the fulfilment of the school’s aim of a first-class education with a global outlook.” “Progress benefits from teaching which is characterised by expertise and enthusiasm.” (All quotes from the report are in italics)
In the Educational Quality inspection, which is the key area for any school, we are very pleased with the outcome; one sentence encapsulates the overall inspection findings: “throughout the school there is a strong sense of family and togetherness”.
The Round Square IDEALS, which we espouse in our ethos, were particularly identified as contributing positively to our pupils’ strong development, which inspectors rated as excellent.
I should like to draw your attention to several further highlights from the report:
The quality of the pupils’ personal development is excellent.
Pupils make strong progress in developing self-confidence, perseverance and self-awareness
Pupils make an outstanding contribution to the school and the wider community, fulfilling the school’s ethos and its emphasis upon internationalism
Pupils’ very positive attitudes and values are shaped by the strong system for pastoral care and the positive ethos set by the school’s leaders
Pupils demonstrate a strong moral framework and an instinctive ability to distinguish right from wrong
Pupils develop an increasing spiritual awareness and an attendant appreciation of the non-material aspects of life
The quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements is good
Pupils are committed and enthusiastic learners and the norm is to always give of one’s best
Pupils’ achievement at GCSE has been above the national average and benefits from individual attention and teaching which is characterised by expertise and enthusiasm
Pupils are excellent communicators and are notably respectful and supportive of one another so express themselves confidently
Pupils are successful in an extensive range of extra-curricular activities where they achieve well
This report demonstrates that our girls are being given the academic skills and information to fully realise their potential as well as a range of wider opportunities which allow them to be celebrated for their individual talents and achievements. A Westfield education clearly promotes leadership skills, tolerance of others’ differences and a curiosity about the world around them that drives the girls to explore and discover.
“Pupils have very positive attitudes to study, showing perseverance. Pupils have highly developed self-awareness and are socially mature. Pupils articulate their feelings clearly. Pupils from EYFS upwards are highly respectful of and value greatly the diversity of their own community. Pupil behaviour and attitudes to learning are excellent and pupils of all ages collaborate well and are mutually supportive. Contributory factors to this positive approach to learning are the ethos within the school which is enabled by supportive governance, strong leadership and management and the constructive approach of parents.”
In our initial Compliance inspection there were a number of historical issues that the school had not met previously. As the new Headmaster at the time I had put actions into place to address this and when the inspectors returned the following term, they were satisfied that we are now meeting all the requirements necessary (Focused Compliance Inspection March 2018).