High praise for Hathaway Academy as they are given "Good" Ofsted report

THERE were celebrations at Hathaway Academy school in Grays after Ofsted gave them a glowing report.

Anyone, who has followed the school’s travails over the last decade, knows there have been some tough moments but ever since they recruited the personable and enigmatic head, James Howarth, there has been a real change in direction.

Thurrock Council’s education portfolio holder and Leader of the Council, Cllr John Kent has welcomed Ofsted’s decision to grade the Hathaway Academy as “good” across the board.

He said: “It was 30 years and more ago when I stepped through the gates of what was then The Grays School in Hathaway Road. One of my children has also completed their secondary education there and a second is doing so now.

“No wonder this report gives me such pleasure.”

Cllr Kent said: “Whether it is The Grays School, the Grays School Media Arts College, or the Hathaway Academy, this little piece of the Thurrock landscape has a place close to my heart as I know it has for thousands of us.

“I was pleased six years ago, to be asked to be on the Interim Executive Board and I know how much hard work has been put in since then, so I have written to Head of Academy, Fatima Rodrigues, passing on my congratulations on scoring so well across the board.

“We all know the next step, but I don’t want to put that sort of pressure on the great team at the school.

“Reading the inspection report I’m particularly pleased to see that not only are GCSE grades improving but that Ofsted noted student behaviour is good and that they are proud of their school … as am I.

“Well done to all.”

Ofsted praised the school stating:

The principal, the interim head of academy and the executive principal provide strong leadership. They have raised aspirations among students and staff and this has led to improvements in teaching and achievement.

Students learn in a caring, supportive environment where all are encouraged and helped to achieve their best. As a result, students have positive attitudes towards their learning, and achievement is improving.

Students make good progress in relation to their well below average starting points.

GCSE grades are improving. The gap between the academy and the national average is closing.

The great majority of teachers know the students well and plan interesting work that helps them to make progress.

Students’ behaviour around the academy is good. They are proud of their academy and show respect to one another and adults.

The academy’s work to keep students safe and secure is good. Students and parents agree.

The provision for students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is good.

They are well prepared for life in modern Britain.

The academy sponsor provides high-quality support and rigorous challenge to leaders. This is helping the academy to improve.

The governing body provides strong leadership. Governors have a good understanding of the work within the academy.

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