When Debbie Westwood became deputy head of Christ Church CE Primary School in Birmingham in 2009 parents rarely crossed the school threshold – and when they did it was usually because teachers wanted to discuss their children’s behaviour.
Fast forward nine years and Christ Church is a very different place. Ms Westwood was appointed as the school’s headteacher in 2014, and in November 2017 Ofsted judged the school to be outstanding in all areas. It was placed in the top two per cent of schools in England for the progress pupils make between key stage 1 and the end of key stage 2 and earlier this year it was shortlisted for the TES primary school of the year award.
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