BACK in 2010, we confidently predicted that Thurrock simply couldn’t attract the dynamic superheads that were capable of turning around struggling schools.
It was, once again, one of our great predictions as a few weeks later they appointed Lallie Godfrey as head of Orsett Primary.
Anyone who has seen Lailie at work will bear testimony that she is a wonderful communicator, motivator and educator.
Whether it was though Ofsted reports, SATS results or just a general feelgood atmosphere in the school. Lallie has left her mark.
We asked Ms Godfrey for a few words.
"As I say my goodbyes, I am extraordinarily proud of the staff, governors and parents who, five and a half years ago, really believed in the vision that I had for our school and have worked with me tirelessly to create a school where every child is seen as an individual, where every success is celebrated and where every person in the school is determined to continue to improve the quality of education for our children.
As a result our school has moved from being a school with many issues to a school where the provision has been judged as good with outstanding elements in OFSTED and a year later as outstanding in the SIAMS inspection. This year we have had even higher results at Key Stage 1, Year 1 and 2 Phonics and EYFS with our Key Stage 2 children making very high progress since Year 2 when I took up the Headship of the school.
"I have been privileged to lead such a wonderful school with such a dedicated team and I have no doubt that the school will continue to thrive in the future. I will miss everyone and must thank them all – especially the children – for making my time with them all just a fantastic experience.’