New Headteacher & Ofsted update

July 15th, 2021 | School News

Earlier this term Keith Howard started as the new Headteacher at Writhlington School.  Keith has worked in schools within the Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership for 16 years, spending 11 years at Somervale School, one of the founding partners of the Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership where he led on pastoral care and curriculum. For the last five years he has been Headteacher at St Dunstan’s School in Glastonbury and during this time the school was transformed from a school with considerable difficulties to an Ofsted rated ‘Good’ school, with a rising roll and is one of the top performing schools in Somerset.

Keith commented: 

“I am very excited to be taking over from Alun Williams at Writhlington this term. I am really looking forward to leading the school. In the short time I have been here I have already seen what a warm and friendly school Writhlington School is and the positive and supportive relationships students and staff have. I will be seeking to embrace the changes made at Writhlington School since September and have the full support of Alun and the Trust as we move forward. 

I have high expectations, and want to see every student at Writhlington achieving their best, working hard and taking pride in being part of the school community. 

I am very proud to be the Headteacher at Writhlington School, especially at this very exciting time of rapid improvement and development. I look forward to sharing our successes with you over the coming months and years, and know that Writhlington School will be the school of choice for children in the Norton Radstock area.”

Also this term Writhlington School has had an Ofsted monitoring visit on Thursday 24 June 2021 at which the Inspector was impressed with the progress being made towards the school becoming graded as ‘Good’ by Ofsted. The SEND provision was praised and in particular the school’s effective support for students who have gaps in their phonics knowledge. 

The Inspector noted the improvements in behaviour and conduct of students, stating ‘the atmosphere in lessons is calm and purposeful’. Also praised was the rapid progress that has been made in improving literacy across the school, a key improvement from the last monitoring inspection.

To hear more about what is new at Writhlington School and see the recent improvements for yourself, Writhlington Open Evening will be on 30th September 2021, with bookable tours of the school following this.