King’s Hill Primary School achieves ’Outstanding’ Ofsted rating
Pupils, staff and governors are celebrating after Ofsted rated the school as ‘Outstanding’ following its latest inspection earlier this month.
Councillor Aftab Nawaz, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services and Education said:
“I’m delighted that the school has achieved ‘Outstanding’ in its latest Ofsted inspection. This is well deserved and continues to address our key priority of every child in Walsall attending a Good or better school.”
“It is also a remarkable turnaround as the school went into Special Measures in November 2013 and was still in Special Measures just two years ago.”
“This is a proud moment for the community of Darlaston and for Walsall Borough as a whole."
“The Headteacher and her team have shown outstanding leadership and worked tirelessly to ensure that all children at the school are getting the best educational opportunities thus improving their future life chances. Progress made by all pupils at the school is exceptional - the school, the teachers, Mrs Matharu and the parents are to be congratulated.”
In 2013, Ofsted had identified the key issues as inadequacies with Leadership and Management as well as with Teaching and Learning.
In September 2014, Nin Matharu was asked by Walsall Council to support the school on a part time basis and she was subsequently appointed interim Head in January 2015 and then substantive Head in January 2016.
The school’s journey of improvement started in earnest in January 2015, with the appointment of a new leadership team and new governing body and the start of a whole school re-organisation. The process of eliminating weak teaching also commenced and a more structured approach to reading, writing and maths was implemented.
Expectations at King’s Hill are now high across the school and the actions taken by leaders to improve teaching and learning have resulted in standards improving rapidly. The learning environment, resources for pupils and provision generally have all been significantly improved.
Headteacher Nin Matharu said:
“Everyone at King’s Hill is absolutely delighted, proud and so pleased. We are an amazing team here and all staff and pupils have worked incredibly hard to achieve the ‘Outstanding’ judgement.”
"I would like to thank parents for the support that they have shown the school and just to say, the hard work continues! Let's celebrate for now though, what has been achieved and make sure our children get the best education they can possibly get."
Michael Fox, Chair of Governors said:
“The journey from Special Measures to Outstanding has been rapid as a result of experienced, highly effective leadership and management. This, coupled with very high expectations of what pupils can achieve, has led to consistently high standards.”
“As governors, we are proud that we are able to provide an outstanding setting for the pupils of King’s Hill to have the best possible start in life and would like to thank Walsall Council for having confidence in the leadership of this school.”