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Walderslade Girls’ School Ofsted

Date: 06/02/2008           Category: Learning and Achievement

Members of media are welcome to attend the school on Thursday, 7 February from 2pm to take photographs. A good school that seeks to do the very best for its pupils is how Ofsted inspectors have described Walderslade Girls’. The secondary school in Bradfields Avenue, Walderslade was inspected last month and was given an overall good rating. The school recently celebrated gaining specialist school status for arts and humanities; its other awards include Basic Skills Quality Mark, Healthy Schools, Excellence in Mentoring, and Investors in Careers Quality Mark. Headteacher Pam Conibeer said: “This is a good result from Ofsted and everyone involved with the school should be proud to have helped achieve this.” Inspectors noted that pupils are provided with excellent levels of support and guidance and as a result attitudes to school and learning, and the contribution pupils make to the school and wider community, are excellent. From a well below average start in Year 7, pupils make good progress between Years 7 and 11 - with GCSE results in 2007 in line with the national average. Oftsed said this was down to good teaching, positive attitudes and careful monitoring of progress. There is also an extensive programme of support sessions in all subjects and a good range of extra-curricular activities to complement lessons. Pupils are polite and their attitudes to one another, staff and visitors are positive and respectful. Pupils enjoy school and this is reflected in good levels of attendance. The school’s sixth form also received a good rating. An increasing number of pupils are choosing to stay on in the sixth form and the steadily improving exam results are proof of this. Pupils are well prepared for their future lives thanks to work-related learning, work experience and good careers guidance, inspectors noted. Medway Council’s Director of Children’s Services Rose Collinson said: “Ofsted rightly recognised that Pam Conibeer provides the whole school with a clear focus and sense of direction. Mrs Conibeer receives good support from her senior colleagues and it is this team ethos that enables the school to continue to succeed. "It is equally good to see highlighted and celebrated the joint sixth form provision with Greenacre and the effective collaboration between the two schools which enables students to achieve and progress to employment, training and university." Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services Cllr Les Wicks said: “Pupils at this school are given a good start in life thanks to a combination of traditional lessons, extra-curricular activities, good teaching and strong leadership. Well done to everyone at Walderslade Girls’.”