Ofsted blitz so far... four Thurrock primary schools must improve

Thurrock Gazette: Pleased – Arthur Bugler youngsters after “good” rating Pleased – Arthur Bugler youngsters after “good” rating

FOUR Thurrock primary schools have been told they “require improvement” following a blitz by Ofsted.

The education watchdog hit the borough last month after Thurrock was again found to be in the bottom three nationally for the number of primary pupils attending good or outstanding schools.

East Tilbury Junior, Stifford Clays Primary, Holy Cross Catholic and Somers Heath, in South Ockendon, have all been graded as “require improvement”.

Somers Heath has been downgraded from “good”, while the three other schools were graded the same as their previous inspection.

In February, Ofsted said it was determined to “diagnose the problems with education in Thurrock”.

Up to 12 schools have been inspected as part of the blitz, which Ofsted said was about seeing how the council was supporting the schools.

Six inspections had been published by the time the Gazette went to print.

In contrast, Arthur Bugler Junior School, in Stanford-le- Hope, has been upgraded to “good”, the rating the Gateway Primary Free School in Tilbury received.

Andrew Walker, Arthur Bugler’s chair of governors, was delighted. He said: “The inspectors’ findings were a testament to the way that the school is working together in pursuit of the highest standards possible.”

Meanwhile, Anthony Peltier, head at Stifford Clays, questioned the amount of time inspectors spent in the schools.

Mr Peltier, himself a qualified Ofsted inspector, said: “How can you get sufficient evidence to provide an accurate judgement of a school in just oneand- a-half days?

“Our report doesn’t reflect a school that requires improvement.

I know how much effort my staff, children and parents put in to make this a good school.”

Ofsted is due to publish its full findings following last month’s blitz by the summer.

*Results of an inspection at secondary school The Ockendon Academy were also published. The report found the school to be “good”.

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4:36pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Dave_ says...

Ooooh disention in the ranks of the OFSTED box tickers in the shape of Mr Peltier a qualified OFSTED inspector no less.
Not so happy now the boot's on the other foot. Maybe he'll take his thoughts forward to the next time he's got the clipboard and boxes to tick or realise the futility of his efforts and get back to running his school.
Ooooh disention in the ranks of the OFSTED box tickers in the shape of Mr Peltier a qualified OFSTED inspector no less. Not so happy now the boot's on the other foot. Maybe he'll take his thoughts forward to the next time he's got the clipboard and boxes to tick or realise the futility of his efforts and get back to running his school. Dave_
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11:43pm Sat 29 Mar 14

E.C.M. says...

Alas, Ofsted do not make their judgements according to context with regards to locality or vicinity! How can you compare like for like…schools in leafy lanes from affluent areas, with those from the locales of deprivation in Grays, Tilbury and Ockendon?!

In essence, sadly what the Overpaid F**ckers Shafting Teachers Every Day just don’t understand is…you cannot polish a turd!
Alas, Ofsted do not make their judgements according to context with regards to locality or vicinity! How can you compare like for like…schools in leafy lanes from affluent areas, with those from the locales of deprivation in Grays, Tilbury and Ockendon?! In essence, sadly what the Overpaid F**ckers Shafting Teachers Every Day just don’t understand is…you cannot polish a turd! E.C.M.
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