Wolverhampton school praised for 'rapid' improvements by Ofsted

By Megan Archer | Wolverhampton | Education | Published:

A rapidly improving Wolverhampton school has received a letter of praise from Ofsted's Chief Inspector.

Amanda Spielman wrote to Principal James Ludlow following the recent inspection of the King's Church of England School in Tettenhall, after which inspectors highlighted the 'unwavering drive and determination' of its leadership team to improve their school.

In her letter, she said Mr Ludlow's 'resolute drive and determination' to improve teaching was having a positive impact on many aspects of the school.

"Most notably, the training and support you have provided for teachers is resulting in improvements, particularly in Key Stage 3."

She said the "redesigned curriculum and sixth form provision are being delivered very successfully and are now strengths of the school", while she was pleased to note that “more effective monitoring of attendance is leading to reduced persistent absence”.

December's inspection saw the Regis Road school move out of the inadequate category, with Ofsted judging King’s to be Good in two of the five inspection areas and Requiring Improvement in the other three.

Mr Ludlow said: "We were delighted that Ofsted recognised the significant and rapid improvements that have been made across all areas of the school in their recent inspection. To receive this letter from the chief inspector recognising the positive outcome was a genuinely lovely touch and is really welcomed by everyone here."

Councillor Lynne Moran, Wolverhampton Council's education chief, said: "The improvements we are seeing at King’s – along with the recent performance data by pupils at local schools at both Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4 – are more evidence of the good work taking place in Wolverhampton to raise educational standards across the city.”

Megan Archer

By Megan Archer
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