White’s Wood Academy

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About White’s Wood Academy

Name White’s Wood Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Executive Headteacher Mr Chris Fitzpatrick
Address Whites Wood Lane, Gainsborough, DN21 1TJ
Phone Number 01427613097
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 203
Local Authority Lincolnshire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

This is a happy school and pupils feel safe. Pupils are welcoming.

They get on well with each other. Pupils are very well cared for by staff. Typically, one pupil commented, 'We have really nice teachers, they care about us, and they do their best to look after us'.

Pupils are proud of their school.

Leaders and staff set high expectations for pupils' learning and behaviour. Pupils' behaviour is good.

The school has a calm and purposeful atmosphere. Pupils say that bullying is rare. Adults deal with it quickly when it does occur.

Pupils appreciate the varied experiences and opportunities the school offers. For example, they like the gardening..., singing and well-being clubs. Pupils appreciate the range of sports on offer, including, tennis, keep-fit, archery, tag-rugby and cricket.

They learn to understand equality and respect differences.

Most parents and carers are very positive about the school. They recognise the improvements in recent years.

They appreciate the care provided. As one parent put it, 'This school has been fantastic. We have found the school to be both supportive and approachable.

The staff have good relationships with children, ensuring they build their resilience and have adults they can trust'.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Senior leaders have improved the school since the previous inspection, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. They have developed a strong sense of identity and purpose focused on their four core values.

Pupils understand the school's values of 'Aspiration, engagement, resilience and well-being'. Pupils and staff live these values daily.

Leaders ensure that the curriculum is broad in its scope.

Subject leaders identify the precise knowledge and skills that they want pupils to learn and when. They ensure that subject curriculum plans are well sequenced. For example, in mathematics, leaders have designed an ambitious and well-thought-out curriculum.

Pupils regularly revisit and build their knowledge and application of fractions over time. Teachers have good subject knowledge. They use this to ensure that pupils learn the intended knowledge and skills effectively.

Occasionally, the work given to pupils is not demanding enough. For example, in art and science, the curriculums are not consistently ambitious.

Staff have raised the profile of books and reading across the school.

Pupils read widely and often. Typically, a pupil commented, 'I like reading. We listen to lots of stories with our teachers and get to predict and summarise'.

Leaders quickly identify gaps in pupils' reading skills. They have introduced phonics to help pupils who are at an early stage of reading. Staff are trained well and use phonics resources well.

Pupils are catching up with their reading.Staff support pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) to learn well. They know the pupils well.

Staff adapt the curriculum to make sure pupils know more and remember more. Many parents recognise the positive provision for pupils with SEND.

Teachers and support staff are skilled in developing pupils' learning.

They ask questions to check pupils' understanding in lessons, and respond quickly to address pupils' misconceptions and misunderstandings. Pupils apply themselves well in lessons. They take pride in their work.

Leaders are addressing barriers to learning effectively.

Pupils' overall attendance is improving. Leaders work with parents to improve attendance.

However, too many pupils are regularly absent. They miss out on the good-quality learning that the school provides.

Leaders' promotion of pupils' personal development is strong.

The curriculum for personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is well sequenced. Teachers support pupils to develop a sense of right and wrong. They understand the importance of being fair.

Leaders provide pupils with opportunities to understand some fundamental British values. For example, pupils learn about different faiths and beliefs. However, they do not have many opportunities to learn about the rule of law, individual liberty and democracy.

Staff morale is positive. Leaders support staff well-being and are mindful of teachers' workload. Overwhelmingly, staff are positive about and enjoy working at the school.

Trustees and governors fulfil their responsibilities well. Trust officers, trustees and governors provide leaders with effective support and challenge.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Staff understand their safeguarding responsibilities. They take appropriate action when they recognise concerns about a pupil's welfare. Leaders work well with external agencies to provide extra support when needed.

Leaders are aware of potential local safeguarding risks. They have adapted the curriculum to support pupils in knowing how to keep themselves safe, including when online. Pupils know how to report any concerns they may have for their own or others' safety.

The school has appropriate systems in place to check safeguarding. Leaders maintain thorough safeguarding records. There is a strong culture of safeguarding at the school.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• Parts of some foundation subject curriculums are not as ambitious as they should be. Pupils are not consistently challenged in all aspects of these subjects. Leaders must ensure that all aspects of subject curriculums are suitably demanding.

• Too many pupils are absent or persistently absent, especially pupils with SEND. This has a negative impact on their learning. Leaders should take further actions to improve attendance.

• Pupils do not understand the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law and individual liberty. They are not as well prepared for life in modern Britain as they should be. Leaders must ensure pupils have opportunities to understand all aspects of the fundamental British values.

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