Little Thurrock Primary rated “Inadequate” by Ofsted after safeguarding and management concerns

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LITTLE Thurrock Primary School has received an Inadequate rating following a recent Ofsted inspection.

The outcome of the inspection was announced on Wednesday 30 January following an assessment of the school across two days in December 2018.

Amongst the report various areas were highlighted for improvement including the need for stronger safeguarding, the use of additional funding to improve pupil outcomes and the need for more challenge for senior leaders by the schools’ governing body.

The full report can be read here

The report also highlighted a number of strengths at the school, including how positive steps have been taken to develop leaders since the last inspection, a good range of extra-curricular activities are provided for pupils and overall pupils behave well and feel safe.

Jaki Cole, Headteacher of Little Thurrock Primary School, said “Whilst the school are disappointed with the outcome of the recent inspection we have already taken swift action to address the Safeguarding administrative issues rightly identified by Ofsted.

“Further to this there is already a rigorous Ofsted action plan in place which we are confident will soon restore the previous judgement of ‘Good’ to the school. We consider the good progress made by the children of Little Thurrock Primary School will be further enhanced by joining a local group of schools that share our values and ethos and puts children at the heart of its work. We are already actively engaging in this process and look forward to working in partnership.”

Cllr Halden, Portfolio Holder for Education, said “The council are working closely with the headteacher Jaki Cole, the school and its governing board to help strengthen the safeguarding and improve the record keeping issues identified in the report. With our strong ties to the school we foresee pupil’s outcomes continuing to improve as we strive to provide the best education for our children in the borough.”

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