Woldgate aiming even higher after ‘good’ rating

Woldgate College headteacher Jonathan Britton with pupils.
Woldgate College headteacher Jonathan Britton with pupils.

The headteacher of Pocklington’s Woldgate College has set his sights on the school achieving an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted report, after the recent inspection by the education watchdog resulted in the school being rated as ‘good’.

Jonathan Britton, who took up his role at Woldgate in January this year, is delighted the school has made progress since its previous inspection in May 2013, when it was told it requires improvement.

However, he is now aiming higher, and wants Woldgate to achieve an outstanding rating next time. He said: “We are a good school. We will become outstanding. We will be one of the very best schools in the region. We will build upon our many successes. A school with a clear, confident and strong identity with shared values, with each student known and cared for as an individual.”

The college is ranked as good in all key areas in its latest Ofsted report - achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils, leadership and management, sixth form provision and overall effectiveness. The report says leaders have successfully brought about improvements in the quality of teaching and students’ achievements since the previous inspection. It adds that students make good progress across the college in a wide range of subjects, including English and maths and that the standards of attainment are high. In 2014, the proportion of students in year 11 gaining five or more GCSE grades A*-C, including English and maths, was well above average.