Head happy with Waverley School's reportBy Lewis Rudd
January 31, 2012
The new headteacher of an independent school in Finchampstead has begun her role by congratulating pupils and staff on receiving an excellent report during a recent inspection.
The new year has begun in style at Waverley School in Waverley Way, after receiving an impressive report from the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) and welcoming headteacher Tammy Howard.
Mrs Howard has taken over from Nigel Woolnough, who left the school at the end of last term following three years in charge of the school.
Her arrival accompanied an inspection from the ISI which heaped praise on the school, which less than eight months ago was facing an uncertain future.
The Reading-based CfBT Education Trust announced in March last year it could no longer support the independent school, leaving parents and staff with the options of taking on responsibilities themselves or turning Waverley into a free school.
A staggering 97 per cent of parents voted for the former, following discussions with the trust, and shook hands on a deal which began in April.
They are now celebrating a report which commends the excellent achievement of pupils attending a school offering education to children from nursery age to 11, its high quality pastoral care and after-school activities.
Inspectors commented on its atmosphere as being “warm and supportive” before suggesting its Year Six pupils have gone on to receive successful entry to a variety of selective and non-selective schools because of their “excellent achievement”.
Pupils collectively were commended for having appreciation and respect for other cultures, while the recently built nursery and pre-prep departments at Waverley are said to be good provisions offering outstanding outdoor learning environments.
The report said: “Confident and creative teaching ensures every child has the opportunity to fulfil their full potential, a key feature of the school’s aim to provide a personalised curriculum for every individual.”
Mrs Howard said: “Waverley continues to go from strength to strength.
“With solid finances following our independence from CfBT, the full backing and support of our parents, the growth of our pupil numbers and the continuation of our successful scholarship awards, it is an exciting time to be a part of Waverley’s future.
“With an appreciation of the unique character of Waverley, a small school with a nurturing ethos and a drive towards high academic achievement for all pupils, Nigel enabled us to continue to pursue excellence – which was recognised in our fantastic ISI report.
“The successful scholarships, instigated by Nigel, have given a wider range of children the opportunity to enjoy a high quality education at Waverley, and this certainly will be his legacy.”