Waterhead Academy


Ofsted May 2019

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills.  We inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages. Every week, we carry out hundreds of inspections and regulatory visits throughout England and publish the results online. Our goal is to achieve excellence in education and skills for learners of all ages, and in the care of children and young people. We report directly to Parliament and we are independent and impartial. In May 2019 we welcomed 5 OFSTED inspectors to the Academy. They spent 2 days with us scrutinising our provision, 25 school months after our last inspection, under the outgoing OFSTED framework which is due to be replaced from September 2019. The strengths of the academy from the inspection and our required areas for improvement can be found below. We are not good yet, but are determined to keep working hard to continue improve provision for pupils and the community, with the help of South Pennine Academies. We are pleased that so many strengths have been recognised as a result of the hard work of our staff and students and we are already working on the areas for improvement following the feedback from the inspection team.


‘Leaders have created a strong safeguarding culture in the school. Leaders have ensured that the welfare of their pupils is a high priority. Leaders are caring and responsive to the needs of their pupils.’ OFSTED 2019

‘Many pupils conduct themselves well around school. DLY

These pupils are polite, friendly and behave in a sensible and mature manner.  Many pupils have positive attitudes to learning and want to do well in their studies. Pupils value the strong relationships that they have with their teachers and these make a positive contribution to the quality of learning. This is evident in many classrooms throughout the school.’ OFSTED 2019

‘Leadership of careers education is strong. During their time in the school, pupils benefit from a very effective CEAIG programme that comprises a range of events, speakers, and visits, as well as help and guidance for individual pupils. This contributes to the high proportion of pupils who progress to further education, training or employment.’ OFSTED 2019

‘Staff have a clear understanding of the school’s vision and are proud to be a part of it. Newly and recently qualified teachers speak highly of the support and development that they receive.’ OFSTED 2019

‘Pupils can also take part in a wide range of extra-curricular activities. The list of clubs in the school is extensive and varied. These opportunities, alongside the school’s willingness to be involved in various community and charity events, contribute to pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development.’ OFSTED 2019

The changes that senior leaders have made to the curriculum and the wider range of creative courses in key stage 4 is proving successful in terms of pupils’ engagement and progress.’ OFSTED 2019

‘Pupils value the strong relationships that they have with their teachers’. OFSTED 2019

Ofsted Parent View

Parent View

Parent View gives you the chance to tell Ofsted what you think about your child’s school, from the quality of teaching to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour. The survey can be completed at any time; you don’t have to wait until the school is being inspected. We will use the information you provide when making decisions about which schools to inspect and when. The link to Parent view can be found here https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/

If you require any paper copies of the school policies please contact the PA to Senior Leadership Team Mrs. J Ward on 0161 620 5859  or by email j.ward@waterheadacademy.co.uk