IT WAS a double celebration for William Edwards school as they were adjudged outstanding by Ofsted in the same week where popular deputy head Steve Munday was appointed headteacher of the Stifford Clays school.
There were celebrations throughout the school as headteacher John King announced all the good news at a special assembly this morning.
Speaking to YourThurrock, Mr King said: “It is fantastic news and a credit to every single person associated with the school.
“In February 2007, we were judged as good. In those three years, we have made massive strides and this has been reflected in the report where we gained thirteen outstandings and eleven goods in the report”.
It was, by all reports a challenging week for the school: recovering from the disruption caused by the snow, they were in the middle of interviews for the post of head when Ofsted announced they were coming. An appeal for deferment fell on deaf ears.
However, anyone who has been at the school knows that this was another challenge that the school would surmount.
Parent, Mike Jones from Orsett said: “The school under Mr King with Mr Henderson and Mr Munday have created a fantastic school which unlocks the potential of all the children. Everything is an opportunity.”
YourThurrock asked Mr King if, this was the crowning achievement of his career.
He said: “I take a great deal of pride in that I have been involved in six Ofsted inspections and five of them have been outstanding.
“William Edwards Ofsted is a great way to go out but what also gives me great satisfaction is that I am handing over to my deputy, Steve Munday, who has been a key part of this success and will, I am sure, continue to build upon this success.”