Education: Thurrock’s school for alternative provision praised by Ofsted

OFSTED inspectors visited the academy in Tilbury on 4th and 5th December 2018 and graded the academy as “Good” in all areas.

The new inspection report published on 22nd January 2019 states that “senior leaders have created a safe environment in which previously reluctant learners feel secure and are able to focus on their learning” and “the school has worked relentlessly over the last year to boost the achievement of all groups of pupils in all subjects.”

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Olive AP Academy – Thurrock is an alternative provision academy which supports students aged 11 to 16. The academy works with students who have been permanently excluded from a mainstream school, as well as young people with medical needs. The academy welcomed students to its brand new purpose-built building in Tilbury in summer 2017.

During the Ofsted inspection, parents and carers of the young people attending the academy told inspectors that “their children are safe, well looked after and taught well. One parent stated, ‘This has been the saving of my son and will be the making of him.'”

Ofsted inspectors also recognised that “school leaders and the multi-academy trust have worked exceptionally hard and effectively to deal with the weaknesses identified in the previous inspection.”

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Chief Executive of Olive Academies, Mark Vickers said: “This latest Ofsted inspection report recognises our pioneering approach to supporting young people. It is also testament to the hard work of our staff and students which has taken the academy on a journey from special measures to an Ofsted judgment of ‘Good’ in all areas in just 22 months.

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Ofsted scrutinized every aspect of our work during their latest visit to the academy. Olive Academies’ determination to deliver the best possible learning opportunities for our Thurrock students shines through the inspectors’ final report.

We know there is more work to be done to ensure the academy continues to go from strength to strength. We are ambitious about what our academy and our students will now go on to achieve.”

Quotes from the Olive AP Academy – Thurrock Ofsted report include:

“Pupils’ welfare and their personal development are given a high priority. Pupils behave well in lessons, enjoy class discussions and take pride in their work.”

“Leaders are determined that pupils have the best opportunity to develop into good citizens.”

“Senior leaders and staff work hard to raise the aspirations of pupils who may not have had positive previous experiences of school.”

“Senior leaders have created a culture of respect throughout the school. They are ambitious for all pupils to succeed. Pupils who have not always had positive experiences in their previous schools develop trust and respect for staff.”

“Teachers work effectively with pupils to provide them with a high level of care and help them to achieve well.”

“Parents are highly supportive of the work the school does.”

“Disadvantaged pupils and those with SEND are provided with the support they need to achieve well. One pupil expressed the views of many saying,

‘Teachers don’t give up on us.'”

“The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is good.”

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