Saturday, June 22, 2024

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.

The report may well also vindicate the decision process, led by chief executive, Kevin Sadler to act upon the encouragement given to the GLC by education secretary, Michael Gove to build a free school.

The report states:

1. Pupils’ achievement is good in the two year groups currently attending the school.

2. From low starting points, pupils in Year 6 are on track to match national outcomes in English and mathematics.

3. Pupils’ progress in reading is outstanding: many pupils have made more than two years progress in less than two terms.

4. Pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium achieve equally as well as other pupils.

5. Teaching is consistently good.

6. The commitment of all leaders, including governors, to improving the lives of young people contributes significantly to the quality of teaching, pupils’ achievement and the school’s success.

7. Pupils behave very well in lessons and around the school. Almost all are very enthusiastic about their education.

8. Pupils feel safe and are well looked after.

The full report can be read here

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