woodside high praised in sir michael wilshaw's speech
This term, Sir Michael Wilshaw, Chief Inspector of Schools and Head of Ofsted, mentioned Woodside High in a speech he gave to FASNA Autumn Conference. In his speech he spoke about the remarkable journey of improvement that Woodside High has been on. His speech can be read in full at: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/sir-michael-wilshaws-speech-at-the-fasna-autumn-conference
"At the individual school level, the transformation has been remarkable. When I began teaching in Inner London, embarrassing numbers of children left school with pitifully low grades. How different it is today. Exceptional headteachers have transformed schools that not so long ago were in desperate straits.
Let me give you a few examples. Holland Park School in Kensington and Chelsea used to be a byword for all that was wrong with the comprehensive system. Ten years ago, only 1 in 3 students achieved good GCSEs. Today 8 in 10 do. At Ellsemere Port Catholic High School, only a third of pupils achieved 5 good GCSEs. Now almost three-quarters do. And at Woodside High School in Wood Green, London, only 1 in 10 students scraped 5 good GCSEs a decade ago. This year, three-quarters did."