Quarry Hill celebrate coming out of special measures

THE STAFF, STUDENTS, GOVERNORS AND PARENTS from Quarry Hill Junior School in Bradleigh Avenue, Grays were celebrating this week after coming out of special measures in what has been described as ‘record time”

Last week, the school received a phone call at 9am from Ofsted saying they were coming in. Coming in at 1pm.

Headteacher Martin Cowpland said: “We had nothing to hide and everything to show. We were ready to show Ofsted that the school had improved significantly in a short space of time.”

What has been remarkable about the inspection report is that in some categories the school has gone from special measures, leapfrogged over “Satisfactory” and been awarded a “Good”.

The report makes marked reference to the stellar leadership and the markedly improved teaching and good progress of the pupils. It also points to the improvement in pastoral care and support as well as many other plus points.

Quarry Hill Infants and Juniors merge to become a primary in January.

Mr Cowpland said: “I feel privileged to have been appointed as headteacher of the new primary school from January 2011, and am really looking forward to working with children, staff and governors of the news school to move us from being a solidly satisfactory school, with some good features, to being a securely good school with some outstanding features!

“This is ambitous but I am confident that both schools are capable of this individually, and by joining together we can only strengthen that capacity.”

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