Rochdale Observer - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

HIS year, Whit­worth Com­mu­nity High School saw fan­tas­tic suc­cess as it achieved its best ever grades in English and Maths. Adding to this was the fact the school was re­cently awarded ‘Good’ in its Of­sted in­spec­tion.

This re­flects the am­bi­tious and car­ing na­ture of the school, which is com­mit­ted to aca­demic ex­cel­lence and its “climb­ing higher” motto.

With the most re­cent re­sults re­leased, the school is proud to an­nounce that more than 70 per cent of stu­dents achieved at least the new grade (grade C equiv­a­lent) in both English and Maths, and 69 per cent achieved at least five A*-C grades, in­clud­ing English and Maths at new grade 4. Mean­while, Com­put­ing, DT Food and Mu­sic all achieved 100 per cent at grade C and above. Re­li­gious Stud­ies – taken by al­most all stu­dents – achieved a fan­tas­tic 80 per cent at A*-C, with 43 per cent of grades at A*/A. As an am­bi­tious school, Whit­worth Com­mu­nity High School con­tin­ues on its ex­cit­ing jour­ney – achiev­ing new heights; pur­su­ing new goals; and set­ting it­self greater chal­lenges to en­sure the school com­mu­nity con­tin­ues to move for­wards. Fam­i­lies who re­sponded to the Of­sted ques­tion­naire were over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive, with 100 per cent of them say­ing they would rec­om­mend “Each im­prove­ment quickly be­comes a step­ping stone for the next – there’s no com­pla­cency, just a drive for stel­lar achieve­ment, by staff and stu­dents” the school to an­other par­ent. (Of­sted 2015) This at­ti­tude was re­flected in the parental com­ments. “I am re­ally im­pressed with the school and the good re­la­tion­ships staff have with stu­dents and par­ents. I would rec­om­mend the school to everyone,” said one Y10 par­ent in July 2017.

Mean­while, Of­sted’s safe­guard­ing team said: “The work the school does to keep its pupils safe is ex­em­plary. This is a school that val­ues in­di­vid­u­als, recog­nis­ing that everyone is dif­fer­ent but equal.”

When it comes to im­prove­ments, the school’s ef­fec­tive re­wards sys­tems; restora­tive work; new school skirt and tie; and im­proved fa­cil­i­ties have all been driven by the stake­holder voice and the strong school coun­cil, which has a clear vi­sion of what they want school to be.

Whit­worth has high as­pi­ra­tions for its young peo­ple and the ‘Seven Re­spects’ un­der­pin the ethos and de­fine the high ex­pec­ta­tions, while home-learn­ing book­lets and learn­ing jour­nals both strengthen the homeschool part­ner­ship and pro­mote in­de­pen­dent learn­ing. Whit­worth Com­mu­nity High School, Hall­fold, Whit­worth, Rochdale, Lan­cashire, OL12 8TS. Visit whit­worth.lancs.sch.uk

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