STAFF and governors at Lansdowne Primary Academy, Tilbury, can finally tell everyone that their school is a good school.
Lansdowne was subject to an Ofsted inspection on the penultimate week of the summer term, but the results, known by the school’s staff and governors were embargoed until the report was officially published this week.
Lansdowne, a partner in the Gateway Learning Community Trust (GLC) has had a chequered history and at one time was judged to be in Special Measures, but under the leadership of the Principal, Monique Anderson, and supported by the GLC, the school has gone from strength to strength and is now judged by Ofsted to be good in every category.
Miss Anderson said, “I am so proud of all staff, children and parents as this is testament to the team work and support that each member of the school community gives on a daily basis. This is a fantastic outcome for our school to have achieved and is recognition of the hard work that everyone, including the children, put in to making Lansdowne Primary Academy a place where children love to come and learn.”
Four inspectors spent two days looking at every aspect of the academy. They said that ‘school leaders accept no compromise in the drive for high quality teaching’ and as a result, ‘there have been substantial improvements in the quality of teaching and outcomes for pupils which are both now good’.
Inspectors praised relationships between pupils and between pupils and staff saying that, because of the positive relationships ‘very little learning time is lost’. Inspectors were particularly impressed with the ethos of the school, describing Lansdowne as ‘a happy school’. The inspection report quotes a pupil who said ‘this is a good school, everyone works together and no one gets left out’ another pupil said that ‘every lesson has something to look forward to’.
Mrs Viki Reid, Deputy CEO of the GLC, has worked closely with the school and said “It is an amazing outcome which highlights what can be achieved through working together in partnership.”