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OFSTED hails new headteacher at Villiers High School

Sat 09 Jun 2018
OFSTED have hailed the new headteacher at Villiers High School for helping the school to "improve significantly".

In a the report published this week, inspectors said Aruna Sharma, who took the reins in September 2017, had brought a "new energy" to the Southall school.

The short inspection found that the school had taken further strides since its last inspection in 2015, where it was judged Good.

It pointed to strong exams results, pupil behaviour and high staff morale being among the “many strengths” of the school.

Inspectors praised safeguarding at the school concluding students feel well supported, learn in a safe environment and are well looked after.

The report found: "The new energy Ms Sharma has brought to the school…is evidenced particularly through feedback from staff and pupils.

"The school has demonstrated strong practice and marked improvement in specific areas. This may indicate that the school has improved significantly overall."

It continues: "From talking to staff, seeing them at work and evaluating the responses to Ofsted’s questionnaire for staff, it is clear that their morale is high."

The Ofsted report comes after the school was named in the top 300 best performing in the country for GCSE results in 2017, with Maths GCSE results being in the top 2% nationally.

Villiers scored plus 0.54 in Progress 8 attainment last year, which is more than half a grade higher than expected in their results.

Headteacher Ms Sharma said: "We are all very pleased with this report and look forward to the next visit by Ofsted in which we hope to be officially recognised as an outstanding school in which students make excellent progress."

"This impressive achievement is only possible due to the hard work and commitment of our staff, pupils, parents and governors."

"I am sure with this kind of support and determination, Villiers will continue to grow from strength to strength."

Villiers High School Chair of Governors Elizabeth Mee said: "The Governors are delighted with the very favourable Ofsted report which is confirmation of the impressive improvement in all areas of the school and validation of the commitment and hard work of Ms Sharma, the staff and pupils, as well as the support and enthusiasm of the parents."

Aruna Sharma - headteacher at Villiers High School - Southall

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