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The best schools in Walsall according to Ofsted

It’s a difficult task to secure the coveted outstanding status from Ofsted – but these schools in Walsall have done just that. There are 10 primaries and secondaries across the borough which have been admitted entry into this exclusive club.

Schools are visited every few years and judged on several key aspects including quality of leadership, teaching and welfare of children. An inspector from the notoriously hard-to-please education watchdog will sit in on lessons and speak with teachers and pupils before reaching a conclusion on what they have witnessed.

It’s a big deal for schools as their whole reputation effectively comes down to what is captured by the inspector on that particular day. Following the inspections, schools are given one of four possible ratings: outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate.

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Outstanding is the gold standard, the holy grail craved by all schools but rarely achieved. At the other end of the scale, inadequate means there are serious problems that Ofsted believes needs addressing.

The inspector will produce a lengthy report based on what they witnessed during their visit, what they liked and what they didn’t. Sometimes they will complete glowing reports after being blown away by what they have seen.

These schools, where the regulator basically believes there is no room for improvement, are rated as outstanding. It’s a rare accolade.

Most schools sit in the middle, rated either as good – which is still something to be proud of given how high Ofsted sets the bar for outstanding status – or requires improvement for the schools which experts believe could do better but are not so bad to warrant the stain of inadequate status.

And these ratings matter. Parents take them into consideration when choosing a school for their child. A rating of outstanding is likely to lead to a rush from mums and dads in the local area to try to get their child in.

These are schools currently rated outstanding in Walsall, according to Ofsted.

  • Barr Beacon Secondary School, Aldridge
  • Delves Infant School
  • Millfields Nursery School, Bloxwich
  • New Invention Junior School
  • Palfrey Infant School
  • Queen Mary’s High School

  • St John’s CoE Primary School, Walsall Wood
  • St Mary’s The Mount Catholic Primary School
  • St Michael’s CoE Primary School, Pelsall
  • Watling Street Primary School, Brownhills
  • Whitehall Nursery and Infant School

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