I am writing to you following our Ofsted inspection just before half term.
The Ofsted inspection process changed in January; Inspection Teams in the regular Ofsted cycle no longer have the authority to change the category of a school. Consequently, our category of ‘good’ could not be changed to ‘outstanding’. Our “reward” for being an outstanding school is a recommendation that we are inspected again over two days.
The Ofsted Team visited 24 lessons, across all subjects and year groups. They spoke to governors, senior leaders, teaching staff, pupils and a Local Authority representative. In my discussions with the Ofsted Team I was able to point to the fact that in 2017 Cardinal Wiseman students were the highest attaining in Ealing (one of the highest achieving Local Authorities in the country) and made the most progress from Key Stage 2. I was informed that this was “only in an Ealing context”. Fortunately I was able to show the data (overleaf) - in a national context. This compares our school to all schools in the country where the ability of children when they started aged 11 was similar to ours. I also pointed out that the School’s Progress 8 score had been in the top 3% nationally in 2015, 2016 and 2017. I was surprised that they were not already aware of this.
I am delighted that the inspection letter acknowledges the fantastic work of teachers, students and parents in our community. By far the most satisfying element of the inspection for staff at the school was the overwhelming support of families reflected in the Ofsted parental survey. Thank you for your continuing support and I hope that this report reinforces the trust that you have placed in us.
Mr Michael Kiely
See the full report and the league table here: