Kettering school’s delight at its top rating

Pupils at Wren Spinney School celebrating their Ofsted success
Pupils at Wren Spinney School celebrating their Ofsted success

The headteacher of a Kettering school says she is delighted to mark her final term with another outstanding Ofsted.

Wren Spinney School received the top grade from inspectors in all four areas inspected – achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management.

Headteacher Debbie Withers, who is leaving this summer after 23 years at the school, the last 14 as head, said she was particularly happy to be rated as outstanding again after Ofsted raised the bar for achieving a top rating since the last full inspection of the Westover Road school in 2011.

She said: “I am hugely proud of my school anyway, but to be leaving knowing the school has had another outstanding inspection makes me particularly proud.

“I was very aware of how the framework had changed and how much more challenging the Ofsted criteria are.”

The 62-year-old added: “It’s going to be a real wrench to leave the school.”

Praising The Shop and The Studio, run by the school to give pupils the chance to gain experience of a working environment, inspectors said students made “outstanding progress in independent learning, social skills, functional skills, work-related learning and preparation for life.”