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Stop Press…….. The Wren School is aiming high with ‘Good’ Ofsted

The Wren School, a free school in West Reading, has been rated ‘Good’ following its first full Ofsted inspection in June 2018.

The Wren School, which opened in September 2015 on the former Presentation College/ Elvian Site on the Bath Road in Reading, currently has more than 400 students on roll, made up of Years 7, 8 and 9. It will open its planned sixth form in September 2020.

Ofsted rated the school as ‘Good’ across all inspection areas which included, effectiveness of leadership & management, quality of teaching, learning & assessment, personal development, behaviour & welfare and the outcomes of students. Headteacher, Jo Broadhead expressed her delight at the news ‘I am thrilled and so proud that Ofsted have judged us ‘Good’ in all categories, following our recent inspection. All the staff and governors at The Wren School have worked tirelessly for the past three years to create a school where children can receive a world-class education and are nurtured, challenged and inspired to aim high’.

The inspectors particularly commented that:

  1. The headteacher has established an ethos that enables students to succeed
  2. High aspirations for students’ achievement are evident throughout
  3. Students learn well and make good progress
  4. Students are very well looked after
  5. Parents and carers recognise staff’s dedication and care

The school opens its doors to brand new, purpose-built accommodation this September, designed to educate 1176 students when full – having been in temporary accommodation for the past three years. Jo Broadhead commented ‘We have designed a 21st century school that will be equipped with high quality resources across the curriculum that enhance learning to ensure that we are developing global citizens of the future’.

The Chair of Governors, Julia Cottee said ‘Since its inception, The Wren School has been a very exciting and rewarding project. The Ofsted result reflects the consistent approach and hard work from all the staff at the school, and we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved for making The Wren School vision a reality. We feel that this inspection validates the significant progress the school and trust board have made in providing a world-class education for the local community, and supports us in our journey to improve even further in the future’.

The Wren School is holding an open day on Wednesday 3rd October 2018, 4.00pm – 7.30pm for students wishing to join the school in September 2019 intake. Please come along and take the opportunity to talk to the teachers and current students and to view The Wren School in its new school building.

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To read the full Ofsted report click here.





Term Dates

Term 1 Part 1
Thu 6 September 2018 – Thu 4 October 2018
Inset days – Fri 5 October
Term 1 Part 2
Mon 8 Oct – Fri 19 Oct 2018
Autumn break Mon 22 Oct – Fri 25 Oct 2018
Term 2
Mon 29 Oct – Fri 21 Dec 2018
Christmas/New Year holidays Mon 24 Dec – Fri 4 Jan 2019