A FOUR-strong Ofsted inspection team has rated a Thurrock primary school “good” in almost every aspect they looked at — and outstanding in two. Bonnygate Primary, in Arisdale Avenue, South Ockendon, hosted the inspection in early December and it was published on 3rd January.
The report opens: “This is a good school which has improved considerably over the past two years”, adding the “transformation” “resulted from the ambitious leadership and unrelenting drive of the head teacher and senior leaders”.
It says they “have created the conditions for learning that have allowed pupils to thrive”.
The inspectors’ graded “pupil behaviour” as outstanding as well as “the effectiveness of leadership and management in embedding ambition and driving improvement”.
Head teacher Louise Coates said: “It is fantastic to be recognised in this way, but we must remember that this is 100 per cent down to the hard work and determination of the pupils, staff, governors and parents and carers.
“It takes everyone buying in to our vision to make it work.
“But this is just a stepping stone to the future and we are all equally determined to continue on this road of improvement.”
Cllr Oliver Gerrish, Thurrock Council’s portfolio holder for Education, added: “The council has said many times in the last year that it should be the current generation of the borough’s school students who will be filling the top jobs among the many regeneration projects coming here. That is our aim … our aspiration.
“The success of Bonnygate is a fine example of that aspiration and I’d like to pass on my thanks and congratulations to every single person involved — whatever their age!”