Somers Heath making good progress say Ofsted

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In his letter (published on Wednesday, 11 June), inspector John Daniell said the school action plan has “ambitious timescales” and that “you are using the existing strengths in the senior leadership team to better effect in order to tackle some of the school’s weaker areas”.

It states: “The visit was the first monitoring visit since the school was judged to require improvement.

“Senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement.”

Thurrock Council’s education portfolio holder, Cllr john Kent, visited the school on Monday (9 June) and said afterwards: “Once again it was marvellous to see one of our schools moving forwards.

“February’s Ofsted outcome was a disappointment and it would be impossible for the school to get a “Good” rating so quickly. However the inspector obviously saw much to praise – including the council’s support for the school.”

Cllr Kent added: “It seems the whole school – pupils parents, governors and teachers at all levels – have rallied round and are determined to get Ofsted to recognise the improvements as soon as possible.”

The inspector’s letter to head teacher Kevin Imbush states: “The local authority has provided an appropriate balance of support and challenge to the school. It challenges you and members of the governing body through the Progress Board, which includes members with proven expertise in school improvement.”

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