OFSTED has praised Herringham Primary Academy after a recent inspection of the school.
The school, which is now part of the Gateway Learning Partnership was inspected last month.
The report said:
The Executive Principal, head of school and deputy headteacher provide strong and focused leadership. They are extremely well supported by governors and by the academy trust. This has ensured that teaching is good and pupils achieve well.
From their different starting points, children get off to a good start in the Reception classes and make good progress. This continues in Key Stages 1 and 2 so that by the end of Year 6 pupils reach average standards in reading, writing and mathematics.
Disadvantaged pupils make progress that is similar and often stronger than others in the school. Gaps in attainment are closing rapidly.
Pupils demonstrate the school’s ‘ten core values’ well. They behave well and are polite and welcoming. They talk freely, animatedly and confidently about their work at school. They are well prepared for the next stage of their education.
Pupils enjoy the varied range of themes and activities they explore at school. This is reflected in their attendance, which is average. They understand the school policy, ‘It’s not ok to be away!’
Provision for pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development is good. They feel safe at school and are well cared for by adults and by each other .
The provision for disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is good. Pupils have carefully planned support that helps them to make good progress.
Strong leadership of the early years has led to rapid improvement since the academy opened and has secured good teaching and good achievement in the Reception classes.
Parents express very positive views of the academy. Some describe its work as ‘stunning’.
Executive Principal, Mrs Viki Reid, said “We are delighted that the inspectors have highlighted such positive and encouraging points. I would like to thank the staff and governors of Herringham for their continued hard work.”
Head of School, Mrs Sam Otto, said “As always the children demonstrated their incredible enthusiasm for learning and their pride in the school. The whole Herringham team are delighted with the outcome of the inspection and will continue to strive for excellence.”
The Chief Executive Officer of the Gateway Learning Community, Mr Kevin Sadler, added “The inspectors recognised that the school was classed as ‘good’. I am confident that the school will continue to make excellent progress.”