The best schools in Wolverhampton according to Ofsted

There are a select group of schools in Wolverhampton which are judged by education experts to be the best in the city. These are the primary and secondary schools which have passed Ofsted’s stringent exams with flying colors.

Every few years, inspectors from the notoriously hard-to-please education watchdog will visit schools at a day’s notice to judge key aspects including quality of leadership, teaching and welfare of children.

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 did not. 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 Wolverhampton, according to Ofsted.

  • Bow Street Independent School
  • East Park Academy (primary)

  • Heath Park Secondary School
  • Hill Avenue Academy (Primary)

  • Holy Trinity Catholic Primary School, Bilston

  • Moseley Park Secondary School

  • New Invention Junior School

  • Spring Vale Primary School

  • St Michael’s CoE Primary School, Tettenhall
  • Whitgreave Primary School
  • Woden Primary School

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