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High praise for Redditch's Walkwood Middle in national review

Imogen Buller 29th Sep, 2017

AN ‘outstanding’ Redditch school has received national recognition after being named and praised as part of a Parliamentary Review.

Walkwood Church of England Middle School features alongside a small number of other outstanding schools in the document compiled for Prime Minister Theresa May which looks back on the year in schools and Westminster.

The Parliamentary Review aims to showcase ‘best practice’ and high quality education to help those in both the public and private sector.

Review director Daniel Yossman stated that: “Walkwood Church of England Middle School and other hardworking organisations from across the country have come together to make this year’s Review possible.

“It’s always a real joy to hear from policymakers who tell me that something they have read in the Review has had an effect on their thinking.”

Walkwood was recently awarded an ‘Achievement for All’ status, meaning it focuses on inclusion and creating opportunities for learners to succeed.

Mike Donovan, the assessor noted: “Walkwood’s commitment to mapping and tracking pupil experiences and engagement demonstrates a thorough understanding that young people thrive when they are active and happy.

“The work the school does to enhance pupil self esteem is worthy of high praise.”

Walkwood’s Principal, the Reverend Clive Leach, who has also been presented with a Certificate of Excellence in the national Headteacher of the Year Awards, said: “It has been a superb start to our new school year.

“Walkwood’s success is a whole team effort, pupils and staff together. We’re so proud of our school, and humbled by the recognition we have achieved.”

The pupils are also proud of their achievement as a team. One student said: “We have great teachers and facilities here.

“Everyone is kind and everyone is welcome here. I think that makes our school special.”

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