Maureen Brettell, Head Teacher

Let the ‘Good’ times roll!

e are delighted to share that following their visit on 9th and 10th January 2019, Ofsted have graded Woolston Brook School as continuing to be Good in all areas. The main highlights of the report were;

Senior leaders and governors promote a culture of high expectations for pupils’ behaviour and achievement. Their ambitions are endorsed by all staff.

Pupils’ physical and emotional well-being are at the heart of the school’s work. Staff nurture, praise and encourage pupils. They support pupils to feel safe and grow in confidence.

The promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a strength. Pupils’ education is enriched with many exciting experiences.

Pupils are respectful towards staff and show pride in their achievements. Pupils’ behaviour and attendance improve significantly as they grow to value their education.

Parents told inspectors that they felt their children were safe, well cared for and received quality education….but one or two would like us to give more homework!

We still have work to do around how we use assessment information to plan for pupil progress on a strategic level, and have already begun to expand the range of courses and qualifications available.

Inspectors acknowledged that there has been continued progress and improvement since our previous inspection in 2014, which provided a solid foundation for the direction of travel. That this was possible, is a testament to the hard work, shared ambition and commitment of all pupils, their families and staff past and present. I would particularly like to acknowledge the contribution of the previous head, Mike Frost.

Please take a look at our full report, which can be found on the Ofsted tab of the website.


Latest Achievements (Sept – Dec 2019)

Essential Skills for Life

Skillbuilder  – 8 Essential Skills for Life introduced which unlock learning, prepare for independence and empower people to land their dream job.

Record of Achievement

  • Introduced from KS2 to KS4 – A great place to store evidence for college and job applications.

ASDAN

Courses have been introduced from KS2 to KS4 include :

  • adventure and residential
  • mathematics short course
  • English short course
  • Science short course
  • Computing vocational tester
  • Foodwise short course
  • gardening short course

Owl Centre (On with Learning)

A Safe space for students to reflect and be involved in great projects.

KS2 Art

Hunderwasser project – A visionary artist who promoted a life that is in harmony with the nature through his art.

KS3 & KS4 Art

Observational Art through the careful studying and recording of natural objects.

Cultural capital

Forest Schools: Personal and social development.

Reading

  • Book boxes – contain all the things needed for students to read at home.
  • Grab a book day – each form has been given different authors to look at and have created book reviews.
  • Roald Dahl Day – activity booklets, storybooks and audio stories have been shared throughout the key stages.

Football

Another successful start to the season in the Liverpool FA League.

Dallaglio Rugby Works

An intensive, long-term skills development programme based on rugby, to get teenagers outside of mainstream education into sustained education, employment or training.

Boccia

Cheshire champions 3 years in a row.

Fund raising

  • Bake off – Jeans for Genes day – DNA structures made during nurture time. We made £26.
    Coffee morning – In aid of MACMILLAN cancer support. £179 raised.

Awareness days

  • International Day of Peace – All tutor groups were encouraged to look at climate action and how we could make a difference for future generations
  • Black history month
  • National poetry day
  • Young minds day
  • Anti-bullying week

Careers and Work Related Learning

  • Careers guidance interviews
  • Careers fair
  • STEM – the big build competition
  • Apple creative media workshop
  • Army careers talk
  • BT Open Reach employer visit
  • Respect course – Cheshire Fire Service
  • Fiddlers Ferry Power Station Visit
  • St. Rocco’s Hospice – Rocon Project

Vital Signs Music Project

A great way for students to develop and showcase their talents in singing and song writing.

Trips out

Chester Zoo – a multi sensory experience.

Freddie Williams Award

In recognition of hard work, positive attitude and kindness over the last year. This trophy and prize was provided by the Williams family from Hill Cliffe Baptist Church and presented by Dan Curtis from Active Hope.

2019 Leaver’s Celebration Evening