A Woolwich secondary school is proud to have received a good rating in its first report from Ofsted.

Woolwich Polytechnic School for Girls was inspected on January 10 and 11 this year and their good result was published on March 9. 

The school was rated good in every area: Quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development and leadership and management.

Ofsted was impressed to find that pupils are interested in their learning and attendance is good.

The school is described as a "welcoming environment" and teachers told Ofsted that their workload is manageable and they feel supported by the school.

Inspectors found that the school's leaders know their pupil's individual needs and are ambitious for them, meaning that pupils here are achieving well in a range of academic and vocational subjects.

Ofsted said that there are "credible plans in place" to up the number of pupils taking the English Baccalaureate qualification.

Pupils at the school enjoy their lessons because, according to Ofsted, teachers make sure they are delivering teaching in a way that helps them to get better at the subject.

Teachers generally check pupil's understanding before they move on to new ideas and concepts.

Inspectors said that teachers respond "firmly and supportively" if learning time is ever interrupted by behaviour issues, including bullying.

However, some pupils and families have said they would like more reassurance that appropriate action is taken when they raise worries.

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Ofsted reported that leaders at the school are taking these views seriously.

They are working constructively with pupils and parents and carers to increase their confidence in how effectively concerns are managed.

Inspectors added that leaders at Woolwich Polytechnic School for Girls have put in place a clear system of rewards and sanctions.

They deal effectively with any incidents of poor behaviour, including bullying.

Despite work done by staff to "promote a positive school ethos", some pupils have said they feel that these sanctions are not applied fairly.

Others expressed concerns about how staff would respond to issues if they were to report them, including any worries about bullying.

However, inspectors did outline that this was a minority of pupils.

Ms Williams, the headteacher at Woolwich Polytechnic School, said: "We are extremely proud of what we have achieved in the last 18 months since schools fully reopened following the Covid pandemic.

"This was our first Ofsted report since we opened in 2019, and I am delighted that this was recognised by the visiting Ofsted Inspection Team. 

"The many strengths highlighted in the report are testament to the hard work and dedication shown by our staff body to ensure the very best for all of our girls. 

“Our students are our greatest gift, and we will continue to put our best efforts into developing them, both academically and personally.

“We are excited for what the future holds for the school and our students as we strive to achieve our shared vision of 'Success for Everyone'. 

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank every single person in our school community and beyond who has contributed to our journey so far: our celebration is very much a shared one.”