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VILLIERS High School has "returned to its former glory"

Fri 21 Jun 2019
VILLIERS High School has "returned to its former glory" after being rated Outstanding in all areas following an inspection by Ofsted.

The Southall school was given the highest rating by Ofsted following a visit last month.

The glowing assessment from inspectors gave top grade to the quality of leadership, teaching, curriculum, pupils’ achievements, behaviour and personal development as well as sixth form.

The report, released on Monday, said there has been a "rapid and transformational change" under the exemplary leadership of Headteacher Aruna Sharma, who took charge just two years ago.

They said teachers "cared deeply" about students, noted the school’s excellent GCSE and A Level results and described behaviour as excellent.

The school came in for special praise for their commitment to the personal development and welfare of pupils, described as outstanding.

Headteacher Ms Sharma welcomed the report, saying: "What is most pleasing is the recognition by OFSTED that while we are a school that pushes pupils to achieve the very best in their exams, we also place equal importance on the welfare and personal development of our young people".

"This is not only a school where students excel academically but also where they enjoy learning in a warm and welcoming environment."

"From the moment I arrived in this school, I felt the students were very polite and aspirational and there was a strong sense of belonging but the school needed and pupils deserved to learn in an outstanding environment."

"All the raw ingredients were there, from ambitious pupils to highly skilled teachers but school struggled to make a positive impact with the community. As this report shows, that confidence has now been restored."

Villiers High School Chair of Governors, Elizabeth Mee, added: "By far the most important job you have as a school governor is appointing a headteacher."

"It is as clear today as the day we appointed Aruna that the right decision was made. Her commitment, leadership and dedication to the school and pupils is truly admirable."

"As the report rightly points out, Aruna has been the catalyst for a truly extraordinary transformation at this school and is responsible for returning Villiers High School to its former glory."

Villiers leadership team

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