Since the previous inspection, the headteacher has left and an acting headteacher was in post until the
appointment of the new headteacher in September 2014. The Chair of Governors has also left and a
National Leader of Governance has been appointed as interim Chair of Governors. Staffing, including the senior leadership team, has been re-structured.
The school is due to become a sponsored academy in June 2015. The sponsor is Ivybridge Academy
Trust. The executive headteacher of the Trust is a National Leader of Education and has been supporting
the school's improvement.
Westlands School is larger than most secondary schools. It is a bilateral school, having a selective stream
of students in addition to a comprehensive intake. It also has a sixth form and hosts the local authority's resource base for hearing impaired students.
The number of students eligible for support through the pupil premium is above average. The pupil
premium is additional government funding for children in the care of the local authority and students known to be eligible for free school meals.
The large majority of students are of White British heritage and very few speak English as an additional
The proportion of students who are disabled or who have special educational needs is above average.
Their needs relate mainly to physical disability and behaviour, emotional and social difficulties.
A very small number of students with medical conditions attend alternative provision through Education
Other Than in School.
The school meets the government's floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students'
attainment and progress.
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