Thameside Junior School turnaround applauded by Ofsted

JUST 13 months after Ofsted gave a Grays school a “Notice to Improve” it now says the school is improving and is now offering a satisfactory level of educational provision.

In February this year Ofsted published its report on Thameside Junior School, Manor Road — following an inspection in October 2010. It said the school “requires significant improvement”.

Executive head teacher Mark Jones said on Monday (21 November): “Thirteen months is a relatively short amount of time to be in a category, reflecting the view shared by Ofsted and the council; that rapid progress has been made.”


The latest report issued this week, says: “Thameside Junior provides a satisfactory education for its pupils. The school has made significant improvements since the last inspection.”

It highlights that a “major strength” of the school is “its good provision for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities” and that “leaders have a detailed analysis of what the school does well and what it needs to do to improve”.

Mr Jones added: “This is a tremendous result, but we must not get carried away — there’s still a lot to be done.

“The inspectors said some classes were good and one they saw ‘outstanding’, but some were not and we’ve got to recognise and rectify that. This is just the first step, but Ofsted have confirmed we’re heading in the right direction.

“It was also good to read that the Inspectors had made specific reference to our new book-focused curriculum and the positive impact this is having on children’s learning and their love of reading.

“We are aware of the need to develop more cross-curricular links and are in the processing of doing this.”

Cllr Oliver Gerrish, Thurrock Council’s education portfolio holder, said: “I’d like to pass on my congratulations to Mark, the whole teaching staff and the pupils and their families. This just goes to reinforce the council’s commitment to improving educational standards at all levels in Thurrock.”

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