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Praise mounts for Whitcliffe

Head Jennifer Templar (centre) with Janet Stanley and Joanne Ward as well as some of the school's Year 7 pupils.

Head Jennifer Templar (centre) with Janet Stanley and Joanne Ward as well as some of the school's Year 7 pupils.

Staff and pupils at a Spen school have reason to celebrate after receiving a positive Ofsted report.

Whitcliffe Mount School, was judged as “good” in all categories, and headteacher Jennifer Templar was quick to praise pupils for their hard work.

She said: “The Ofsted team spoke very highly of our pupils who were fantastic ambassadors for Whitcliffe Mount during the inspection and we were proud to receive feedback on our pupils’ excellent behaviour, their active participation in a range of school activities and clubs, the respect they show to others and the welcoming environment.”

The report, which was compiled after a visit in December, highlighted the quality of the teaching at the school stating: “Most of the teaching is good and some is outstanding. Teachers have positive relationships with pupils and set high expectations for what they can achieve.”

But the report stressed the need to challenge gifted pupils more in order for the school to receive an “outstanding” rating.

It said: “Challenge in lessons is sometimes inconsistent and pupils, in particular the most able, are not always prompted to find things out for themselves.”

Miss Templar added: “Our pupils spoke openly with inspectors explaining they felt safe and happy and that they were making good progress at Whitcliffe Mount.

“We have always celebrated our pupils’ talents and achievements both academically and socially, but it is nevertheless fantastic to have this endorsed by Ofsted.

“There were so many positive comments in the report about Whitcliffe Mount, which is testament to everyone’s hard work and determination to move forward on our journey from good to outstanding.”

 

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