West Moors Middle School


Name West Moors Middle School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 23 April 2015
Address Heathfield Way, West Moors, Ferndown, Dorset, BH22 0DA
Phone Number 01202872474
Type Secondary
Age Range 9-13
Religious Character Does Not Apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 210 (51% boys 49% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.9
Local Authority Dorset
Percentage Free School Meals 30%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.9%

Information about this school

West Moors Middle School is considerably smaller than the average-sized secondary school. The school roll had fallen in recent years, but in the last year it has started to grow again. The current headteacher has been appointed since the last inspection. There have also been several changes to the teaching team over the last two years. Almost all students are of White British heritage. Very few students do not speak English as their first language. A very small proportion of students are of Gypsy or Romany heritage, or are from Traveller families. The proportion of students known to be supported by the pupil premium funding is in line with the national average. This is additional funding to support students eligible for free school meals and children looked after by the local authority. In Years 7 and 8, a tenth of students benefits from additional help in mathematics and English, funded by the government’s catch-up programme. The proportion of disabled students and those with special educational needs is above the national average. The school does not offer any alternative provision; all students on roll are educated on the school site. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. Support has been given to the school by a national leader of education from Allenbourn Middle School, which is a member of the Wimborne Teaching School Alliance and provides support to other schools across Dorset and beyond. The governing body has also received support from the local authority and from independent consultants since the last inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Since the last inspection, there have been many improvements to this school’s work. The new headteacher has been very strong in bringing about substantial improvements across the school. The capacity of the governing body to monitor and challenge the school’s leaders has been strengthened and the governors now provide very effective support. Changes in the school’s leadership team and within the staff body have brought about positive benefits. The relentless drive to bring about changes and ensure that all students make good progress has been highly successful. The school uses the funds allocated to it effectively to promote all students’ progress. Students’ progress in mathematics is now much more rapid than it was at the time of the last inspection. Teachers plan learning activities well, using information about students and their specific learning needs. This promotes good progress by all groups of students. The school’s work in keeping students safe is good. Students demonstrate good standards of behaviour; they are courteous and respectful to each other, to staff and to visitors. Students develop confident life skills, and benefit from a wide range of activities and clubs, including visits to France, London and other cultural visits. The curriculum is broad and balanced and prepares students well for the next stage of their education, and their future adult lives. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teaching does not yet promote consistently rapid learning and high achievement. Teachers sometimes give work that is too easy and do not encourage all students to think deeply. Students do not always act on the advice given by their teachers about how to improve their work. Students’ attitudes to their learning are good rather than excellent because too few display a passion and eagerness for learning. The attendance of a very small proportion of students is below average. Teachers working in this small school have relatively few chances to work collaboratively with other teachers, and so they have few opportunities to improve their skills.