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Ofsted & Challenge Partners


Willow Dene was inspected by Ofsted in December 2019 and we received a Inspection Report recognising the strength and dedication 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



Challenge Partners

What is Challenge Partners?

The Challenge Partners multi-academy Trust Peer Review (TPR) enables development and improvement in host Trusts through challenge and collaboration. It provides reviewers with unique insights to support their own Trust’s development, and helps share knowledge about what works across the education system so all can benefit.

The Trust Peer Review:

  • Evaluates the Trust on its own terms
  • Is sharply focused on school improvement and the impact the Trust has on outcomes
  • Captures and shares effective practice
  • Identifies areas for improvement
  • Provides input on key challenges facing the Trust
  • Is expert-facilitated
  • Is done with, not to, the host Trust
  • Provides powerful CPD and insight for reviewers, which benefits their own Trusts
  • Builds evidence of what works in Trust school improvement

How it works

Led by an independent expert over three-days, the external review team works with host Trust leaders to build a picture of how school improvement operates across the trust and the impact it is having. This informs professional dialogue about strengths, areas for development and next steps, which are captured in a written report. There is also the opportunity for the host Trust to harness the expertise of their peers to explore a particular challenge they are facing and identify ways forward.

The Trust Peer Review relies on asking powerful, open questions in a spirit of appreciative inquiry and collaboration. We know all Trusts are different and that there is not a single formula for Trust success, so our reviews do not start with a framework or checklist, or otherwise presume to know “the answer”. The review does not check compliance or provide an audit of finance, governance or HR – though we do consider how these important factors contribute to school improvement.

We are delighted to have gone through this process twice now!

Although, to adapt to the disruption of the pandemic this year, in March 2021 we were able to take part in a Virtual Leadership Quality Assurance Review with a particular focus on leadership at all levels.

To access our Challenge Partner Review Reports please clink on the links below: