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School proves two heads are better than one
12:00pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
A REDDITCH school with two acting headteachers, the first of its kind in the area, has received a glowing report from Ofsted.
Lisa Guest, who has extensive background in teaching and Kathryn Harvey, whose background is welfare, behaviour and pastoral, are now in control at Woodfield Academy.
The pair, who have worked at Woodfield for more than 12 years, took over when the previous head announced he was leaving.
The school was recently visited by one of Her Majesty's Inspectors and was given an overall good rating from the education watchdog.
In the report it stated that the quality of teaching is good with many examples of outstanding practice and that teaching is improving and most is demanding, exciting and gets the most out of pupils.
It also said all groups of pupils achieve well and make good progress from their starting points and pupils behave well and feel very safe.
It was described as an academy that continues to make prompt progress on its journey to excellence.
Areas given for improvement included insufficient challenge, particularly for the more-able pupils, questions not being used well enough by teachers and teachers not always making sure that pupils respond to what has been asked of them when their work is marked.
In a joint statement the two acting headteachers said: “We are very passionate about Woodfield Academy, its pupils, staff and the future development of the school.
“We truly believe that our two areas of expertise are needed in leading the school on its journey to excellence, as quoted by Ofsted.
“There are many other benefits to us having two heads, such as accessibility, one of us is always available and coverage of jobs is doubled so more is done.”
They added: “We have put our hearts into Woodfield for over a decade and are proud of everyone and are honoured to be leading the school this term.”
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