2014 Ofsted Report


We were inspected by a team of 4 inspectors over 2 days - Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd July. They looked at every aspect of the school and judged the school to be GOOD in all respects.

Unlike previous inspections Ofsted make only 4 judgements - Achievement, Teaching & Learning, Behaviour & Safety, and Leadership, together with an 'Overall Effectiveness' summary judgement. Each area was graded 2 - Good.

Whilst were delighted with the outcome the new style reports this does not allow the inspectors to give a true picture and flavour of our school; inspection reports now come across as bland !. They also do not provide the detail found in earlier reports.

Many schools are finding it difficult to keep their previous Ofsted rating, with a more diffiult inspection regime in place. We are therefore delighted to have kept our GOOD rating.

Verbally the inspectors referred to the:

'uniqueness of the school'

which referred to our inclusive ethos of care, support and concern for the individual, together with challenging each student to do their best. Throughout their time here they were clearly impressed with the very positive and strong relationships between everyone at the school. They were also equally impressed with student behaviour, having questioned lots of students, a bus driver, Governors, teachers etc. In school we felt that our students were outstanding and could not have done better in representing themselves and their school. There was also a great deal of praise for the teamwork in school, the complete lack of vandalism and graffitti, the levels of attendance, extra - curricular provision etc. The inspectors also noted the very positive feedback from parents on Parent View.

We could not have asked for more from everyone at the school.

A copy of the report can be found below or from the Ofsted website. A sumary of views from parents can also be found below or through the link below.

Ofsted: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/119743

Parent View: https://parentview.of


2011 Ofsted Report

In 2008 Walton-le-Dale was judged to be a Good School by Ofsted. We were inspected again in 2011 and judged to be Good with some Outstanding Features. We were particularly proud of the comments about our inclusive ethos and concern for every individual.

Ethos, Care & Support:

‘Walton-le-Dale is a good school. It provides outstanding care, guidance and support. Equality of opportunity is at the heart of the school’s ethos and students describe the school as ‘like a family, where everyone knows each other’. Great care is taken to ensure that every student can participate fully in school life and receives precisely tailored support to meet their specific needs and remove barriers. The school’s work to ensure equality of opportunity is outstanding.’

Transferring to Walton-le-Dale:

‘The quality of transition is a particular strength of the school, including for students who arrive during the school year.…..The excellent transition programme, including the ‘MOTHS’ outreach project, is a major strength of the school.’

Student Progress:

‘High-quality tracking and intervention alongside outstanding care, guidance and support are major contributing factors to the good progress that students make…… Their positive attitudes to learning and to personal development contribute to the good progress that they make.’

The full Inspection Report:

Ofsted Report 2011

Please find below, useful links to information on how Ofsted carry out their inspections, and the frameworks they follow:

How Ofsted carries out an inspection:


Ofsted in Schools:


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