Ofsted and DfE

Willow Dene was inspected by Ofsted in December 2019 and we received a Inspection Report recognising the strength and deication of the whole team at Willow Dene and highlighting the excellent progress we have made since the previous inspection in October 2012. 

Ofsted Report Quotes - December 2019

  • 'staff care greatly about the pupils' and 'they go the extra mile to ensure that pupils get the most from their education'
  • 'staff are experts at delivering learning in engaging, interesting ways and pupils fully understand' 
  • 'parents are happy with how well their children are achieving'
  • parents feel staff are 'approachable and feel well informed about the next steps of their child's learning'


Click here to view the Ofsted Parent View Portal


Ofsted Report Quotes - October 2012:

  • ‘All groups of children make good progress. They achieve well in developing communication skills and make excellent progress in their physical development’
  • ‘The behaviour of pupils is excellent as a result of the high quality care and support they receive and the consistent use by staff of the behaviour management policy’
  • ‘Pupils on the autistic spectrum make good progress in developing social skills and interacting with each other’
  • ‘Teachers have high expectations of their pupils’
  • ‘Pupils enjoy their learning and work hard to succeed because they are given a wide range of interesting activities and sensory experiences’
  • ‘In every area of the school, there are examples of outstanding practice’
  • ‘The close collaborative work with speech and language therapists and other professionals ensures that pupils are taught to communicate in a way that best suits their needs’
  • ‘The school works effectively with parents and carers to improve the lives of pupils both at home and school’


Data and Attainment

Key Stage 2 results - Children in KS2 are disapplied from formal testing however we are able to demonstrate progress through the school assessment system.

DfE School Performance Tables: