Today’s report marks the first time we have been judged ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted since the inspection system began a quarter of a century ago. Moseley Park is now one of just three secondary schools in Wolverhampton with an ‘Outstanding’ rating, one of the others being partner school Heath Park, which is also a Central Learning Partnership Trust academy.
Last year Moseley Park was the top-rated school in the Black Country under the new Progress 8 measure – which compares the progress of students to similar pupils nationally. Moseley Park had a Progress 8 score of +0.53 – meaning students achieved on average around half a grade more in their GCSEs than their peers elsewhere. Figures for this year’s results are not yet finalised, but are currently indicating that the hard work and dedication of students and staff has resulted in a highly-coveted +1.0 score – meaning Moseley Park pupils were on average a full grade better than equivalent students at other schools.
Inspectors, who visited the school from September 19 to 20, were highly impressed with the progress of students, noting “pupils relish the opportunities they are given to explore and explain their thinking. As a result, they make exceptionally strong progress across the curriculum.” The Ofsted report also praised the hard work of staff, stating “teachers have very high expectations of their pupils and provide them with sustained levels of stretch and challenge” and highlighting that “not a minute is wasted. This is because pupils are inspired and motivated by teachers’ enthusiasm for their subject.”
Behaviour across the school was similarly singled out for praise. Inspectors stated: “pupils conduct throughout school is excellent and their behaviour is impeccable,” and went on to add that “disruption to lessons is rare, because pupils have high levels of respect for their teachers and love learning.” Inspectors also commented that sixth-form students’ “conduct is exemplary and they provide excellent role models for younger pupils.”
Strong leadership was highlighted as a particular strength of the school. The report stated: “The uncompromising leadership of the executive headteacher and her senior leaders has created a culture which is highly aspirational,” and added, “leaders have made sure that pupils aspire to achieve strongly and to develop as well-rounded young people As one parent commented, ‘I am impressed with every aspect of this school’”
Executive Headteacher Mrs Georgetta Holloway OBE, said: “From challenge, literacy and safeguarding, to leadership, curriculum and progress, this report confirmed what we already knew – Moseley Park is a truly great school. Today’s much-coveted ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted is an achievement which marks a real milestone in the history of our school. It is just five short years since we came out of special measures and the change in the ethos, attitude and most importantly the self- confidence of our students since that time, has resulted in us going from strength to strength across the board. We are now consistently ranked amongst the very best schools not just locally but regionally and even nationally, on key headline measures of progress and success. The most rewarding aspect of this improvement journey is that our students are happy and successful young people who are well-prepared for their next steps. Together we are a force to be reckoned with – a strong school supported by a strong community building success for all our students.”