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Superhead superangry at not so super Ofsted report

THE SUPER-head at Stifford Clays primary school has lashed out at Ofsted after his school was told that it “Required Improvement”. Great things had been expected of the award-winning Stifford Clays head, Anthony Peltier, when he was head-hunted to the job in 2012.

The bonny bonnets of Benyon

The event is organised annually with the children, aged up to 11, decorating their own Easter bonnets, before parading them on the walk to the local church.
The morning was a big success and the children had a wonderful time.

Tesco rescues school easter-egg hunt

KINDER-hearted Tescos has come to the rescue after thieves struck burgled a school in Thurrock. The thieves stole 200 Easter eggs planned to be used in an egg hunt by pupils at Chadwell St Mary Primary School on Thursday.

Bugler trumpet Ofsted triumph!

ARTHUR BUGLER Junior School were in celebratory mood after receiving a “Good” grading from government watchdog, Ofsted. Their last inspection told them that they “Required Improvement” and that is exactly what they did!

Gateway Primary Free School buck trend with “Good” Ofsted

THE GATEWAY ACADEMY Free School in Tilbury has received a “Good” grade in its first ever Ofsted inspection. The school opened in September 2013 and is part of the Gateway Learning Community (GLC). The report, bucks a trend, which has seen (since May 2013) nine Thurrock primary schools receive a “Requires Improvement” grade, one placed in special measures and just one other (Arthur Bugler Junior) receive a “Good” grade.

East Tilbury primary told to improve by Ofsted

Brian Martin, who chairs the local governing body, was delighted that OFSTED had recognised the progress that had been made since last September. “We are aware that some of our pupils are not making as much progress as they should, especially in Maths, but OFSTED also recognised that the school is in a process of radical change for the better.”

Somers Heath primary downgraded by Ofsted

THE BATTLE to improve Ofsted took a backward step today as one of the borough’s primary schools was downgraded by Ofsted. Somers Heath primary has been rated as “Requires Improvement” by the government watchdog.

Government Minister praises Tudor Court Primary

TUDOR Court Primary School, Chafford Hundred is celebrating after receiving a congratulatory letter from the Minister of State for Schools, David Laws MP advising them that they are amongst the 250 top performing Schools in the UK in terms of the progress that pupils make between Key Stage 1 and the end of Key Stage […]

Councillor in the spotlight at St Mary’s

A COUNCILLOR faced tough questions on education when he visited St Mary’s Catholic Primary School on Thursday. Tunde Ojetola gave pupils in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 at the Tilbury school a crash course in what a local councillor does, and answered questions on two of the hottest topics in education right now.

Report judges Orsett primary as ‘Outstanding’

HEADTEACHER, Lallie Godfrey, commented on the report stating, ‘Last year we had an OFSTED Inspection under the new and rigorous Framework and our school was judged to be Good with Outstanding for Behaviour and Safety and Leadership and Management. Since then everyone in our school has worked relentlessly to improve still further and this report, which judges us to be Outstanding overall, is a reflection of the success of the improvements that we have made and we are determined to continue to improve still further.’

Deadline looms for primary school places

THERE is less than a fortnight left to apply for a place at one of Thurrock’s primary schools this coming September. People who apply within the deadline have a far higher chance of receiving their first preference place.

Primary school focusses on road safety

During autumn pupils were invited to take part in a Raincoat poetry competition run by Thurrock Council’s road safety team. They were asked to say how much fun they can have splashing in puddles and how dry they stay when their under an umbrella or how much they hate the gloomy mornings.

St Mary’s top league in primary tests (and a disaster for the Gateway Free School)

OFSTED has published the reading, writing and maths tables for primary schools in Thurrock. All schools are supposed to ensure that 60 per cent of pupils gain at least “Level 4” in formal reading and maths tests, combined with an informal teacher assessment of children’s writing abilities. This means that Lansdowne, Purfleet and Benyon have […]

Chafford pre-school slumps into special measures

IN WHAT is starting to be a worrying trend, another pre-school in Thurrock has slumped into special measures. Chafford Pre-School based in Clifford Road was visited by the government watchdog, Ofsted in November.

Horndon primary making progress say Ofsted

THEY also check for the effectiveness of teacher’s marking, which remains inconsistent. The leader for literacy has noted that in some classes pupils do not have enough opportunities to develop their writing skills. Teachers’ expectations of the amount of writing pupils will complete in their lessons are not always high enough. The scrutiny of pupils’ mathematics work showed that some of it is not challenging enough for the more able pupils.

Sign up for primary places in Thurrock

PARENTS of children who will be going to school for the first time next September, are being reminded to make sure they register in time. Cllr John Kent, Thurrock Council’s education portfolio holder, says he visited a number of primary schools in recent weeks and was reminded that parents must make sure they register before the deadline.

Dr Bike visits Woodside Academy

EARLIER this term Woodside won the Thurrock Bike It challenge and in order to keep his promise of cycling a mile for every child’s bike or scooter journey Tim had to cycle to Brighton and back twice. On her own initiative last week a Woodside pupil raised over £50 with a sponsored bike ride to add to the academy’s £750 for Children in Need raised by a cake sale.

Struggling Tilbury Manor to have students transferred to Free School

CLLR Kent said: “The council’s education team, Gateway Academy and Manor’s head and governing body have come up with a scheme which should solve the short-term places issue and keep both Manor and the free school viable. “We’re not sure if this sort of thing has been tried elsewhere, but as far as I can see, it is a win-win for everybody involved – schools, parents and most importantly, the children themselves.”

Should school have asked pupils to remove their poppies?

A STANFORD-LE-HOPE parent is angry that their daughter was asked to take their poppy off for a school photograph. Tony Bentham’s daughter is in year 6 at St Joseph’s RC primary on Southend Road. The class were set to have their photograph taken but before they were going to be snapped, their teacher asked them all to remove the poppies.

Woodside Academy triumph at Shakespeare Festival

WOODSIDE Academy produced two remarkable performances at the Shakespeare Schools Festival at the Thameside Theatre. The students were not over-awed by the other schools that were there. On the contrary, they produced two sparkling performances. The first performance was Romeo and Juliet followed by Macbeth. Both performances were a success because they were so well […]

Shakespeare in Thurrock: Is this Woodside Academy I see before me?

ON Thursday 7Th November pupils at Woodside Academy are performing at the Thameside Theatre Grays as part of the Shakespeare School’s Festival. The nationwide festival gives young people the opportunity to work with professionals in the arts and perform live theatre. Woodside has two classes in year 5 taking part performing an african themed Macbeth and a modern day Romeo and Juliet.

Ofsted return to Manor primary and tell them “Too much teaching is inadequate.”

YOU have quickly made changes to the way that teachers plan and deliver lessons, and the way they mark pupils’ work. This has improved teaching in some classes but there is still a great deal more to do. Too much teaching is inadequate and some teachers are not responding quickly enough to your higher expectations. For example, teachers’ marking of pupils’ work is patchy across the school. Pupils get clear guidance about to how to improve their work in some classes, while in others the marking is brief and infrequent.

Woodside top the Bike It league!

WOODSIDE Academy, Grays topped the table totting up 355 bike and 152 scooter journeys to school over the week, a massive boost to normal numbers. Tim is doing his best to match the distance and has had to split the ride to match Woodside’s amazing cycling total that would have wiped him out in one go! So far he has notched up 160 miles in one ride and is planning a 200 mile ride around the east of England, ending in Thurrock to finish the challenge.

The great inventors of Benyon primary!

RECENTLY, year 5 students at Benyon primary in South Ockendon held a “Great Inventions Exhibition”. They have been studying progress through the ages, especially victorian inventors in their IPC unit: Robert Stephenson, Thomas Edison, Michael Faraday, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Alexander Bell.

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