OFSTED have sung the praises of St Joseph’s Primary school in Stanford-le-Hope.
There have been a few troubled years at the Scratton Road school but the recent inspection highlights that they are on the right track.
The report states:
gt;St Joseph’s has improved rapidly since the monitoring visit of January 2015. In particular, writing standards are higher and the quality of teaching has improved through more rigorous checks.
The governing body is effective. A review of its work has brought about beneficial changes, and guidance is provided by an improvement board.
The leadership structure is much more effective, particularly how phase leaders draw on the expertise and ideas of all staff to provide consistently good-quality teaching and learning.
Specialist teaching, such as in mathematics, enhances pupils’ learning.
Pupils overall make good progress in their academic and personal development. They are well prepared for the next stage in their learning.
The interesting and innovative curriculum stimulates pupils’ curiosity and thirst for learning.
Teaching assistants are effective, particularly when supporting pupils who have special educational needs or disability.
Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a strength of the school and is at the heart of everything the school does.
The vast majority of pupils behave well in and around the school.
Pupils’ attitudes to learning are very positive. They want to achieve and show good learning habits in school. They cooperate and collaborate well.
Pupils say they feel safe and happy at school, and staff care for them well.
Early years provision is a strength of the school. These children settle quickly, demonstrate a love of learning and make good progress.
Parents support the school and make a strong contribution to their children’s learning.