Winterbourne Junior Girls’ School; whose ethos is Aspirations, Expectations, No Excuses, has been praised in its latest Ofsted report following its inspection on 1st and 2nd November of last year.

Winterbourne Junior Girls has been rated “good” overall with “outstanding” leadership and management and “outstanding” personal development, behaviour and welfare.

The report, published on 22nd November 2017, highlights how the school’s leadership has transformed the school since the previous inspection, putting actions in place to improve all aspects of school life. Central to improvements has been the high quality of training which leaders provide for staff.

It reads: “Leaders have created a culture where staff are keen to improve and so reflect on how effective their practice is and how to make it better.”

“The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding.”

“Pupils are exceptionally keen to learn. They are resilient and do not back away from the unknown or a challenge. They believe they can achieve success if they work hard. This results in exemplary behaviour in lessons.”

“Pupils can talk about how the school’s ethos of ‘Aspirations, Expectations, No Excuses’ shapes their lives. They have high aspirations for themselves. Many of the pupils who spoke to inspectors already know that they want to go on to university to become doctors, teachers, scientists or politicians. They understand that they must work hard to achieve this.”

The report also noted that “Leaders are passionately committed to promoting equality of opportunity. They are alert to the barriers that pupils may face in the future by virtue of their ethnicity or gender. Determined to redress this, they ensure that girls leave the school exceptionally well prepared academically and socially for secondary education.”

Mrs Mary Berkeley-Agyepong, head teacher at Winterbourne Junior Girls’ School, stated that “The Ofsted report recognises the rapid improvements that have been made over the last 2 years. I am incredibly proud of the efforts made by the staff and pupils of Winterbourne Junior Girls’ School, which have enabled us to turn the school around and am very grateful for the continuing positivity and support from our parents and carers.

We are pleased that the inspectors agreed with our own self-evaluation and the evaluation of the Local Authority. The comments of the inspectors and the report reflect the huge journey the school has undertaken since our last inspection in October 2015.

We are committed to continue to steer the school towards outstanding in all areas.”

The Thornton Heath based school, which has 308 girls on its roll, has also been successful in improving outcomes in all areas over the last 3 years.

Pupil attainment by the end of Year 6 rose to above the National and the Croydon average, in 2017, with progress measures significantly above average in maths and writing, leaving students “fully-prepared” for the challenges that will face them in their secondary school life.

Winterbourne Junior Girls’ School has gone from strength to strength in all core subjects and is now the top performing school for writing in Croydon. Pupils reaching the higher standard in reading, maths and writing have risen by a minimum of 10%.

The chair of governors, Mrs Cara Cinnamon believes that “The recent grading from Ofsted is testament to the continued hard work, passion and commitment shown by the pupils, staff, parents and carers of Winterbourne Junior Girls’ School. The inspirational and decisive leadership within the school has been rightly recognised and we’re pleased to see this reflected in improved pupil attainment, high quality teaching and a culture of high expectations for all pupils throughout the school. The board of governors are proud to support such a committed and talented staff team and will continue to strive for excellence in all areas.”