Westwood High

Name Westwood High
Website http://westwoodhigh.org
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 12 February 2019
Address Kelsall Street, Oldham, Greater Manchester, OL9 6HR
Phone Number 01616221947
Type Independent
Age Range 3-19
Religious Character Islam
Gender Girls
Number of Pupils 239 (18% boys 82% girls)
Local Authority Oldham
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Pupils with SEN Support 0%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The school’s main aim is to ‘… deliver a world class education in an environment that nurtures the love for Allah; where both staff and students enjoy the best possible learning experience and actively promote the highest of moral and spiritual values.’ Westwood High is a small Muslim school located in Oldham. All children, pupils and students in the sixth form speak English as an additional language. A very small number of pupils has special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). The school has rapidly expanded since the previous inspection, doubling in size to include additional pupils and students in Years 3, 4, 12 and 13. Since the previous inspection, senior leaders have acquired new premises, including a building for the early years provision and a sixth-form block. The school operates from three buildings at the same premises. The school is comprised of a high school, preparatory school (primary) and kindergarten (Nursery and Reception classes). At the time of the inspection, the proprietor was in the process of applying to the DfE for a material change to include a recently-rented sixth-form block. The five learners currently in the sixth form are educated with their peers in the high school. The proprietorial organisation is The Green Dome Academy, an educational charity. Closely supported by the proprietor’s representative, the day-to-day running of the school is led and managed by the principal. The governing body consists of four members. The school does not use alternative providers.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Westwood High School is outstanding in all respects. The principal leads the school with passion and skill. She has high aspirations and great expectations of pupils and staff. Senior leaders are exceptionally well supported by the proprietor and governors. Together, they ensure that teaching and pupils’ outcomes are outstanding, and that all independent school standards are met. Throughout the school, teaching is exceptionally strong. Teachers have excellent subject knowledge and deep, caring relationships with pupils, both of which help to ensure pupils’ outstanding progress in a wide range of subjects. Pupils benefit from an exciting and stimulating curriculum, which secures their full engagement and eager participation in lessons. Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. They are highly respectful, resilient, upstanding citizens, who are determined to achieve and enjoy cooperating with their peers. Teachers and teaching assistants work well together to support pupils’ learning. However, teaching assistants are not always deployed effectively. In addition, teachers do not always adhere to the school’s feedback and assessment policy. Sixth-form courses are closely tailored to students’ interests. Students have positive attitudes to learning and are excellent role models for younger pupils. Parents and carers are overwhelmingly supportive of the school. They say that their children are safe, well cared for and making good progress. Work to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding, and their appreciation of British values, is exemplary. Children get off to an excellent start in the Nursery and Reception classes. They make outstanding progress in developing their reading, writing and mathematical skills, and they attain highly. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.