Sunday, January 29, 2023

Quarry Hill jumping for joy after Ofsted inspection

ON November 22nd and 23rd 2022, Quarry Hill Academy, Catalyst Academies Trust, was inspected by Ofsted.

Maintaining an outstanding category in an Ofsted inspection has become increasingly challenging within the new framework, as each criteria has to be met with exacting standards, resulting in only 17% of schools keeping such an accolade.

Quarry Hill, a two form primary school in Grays, is incredibly proud to announce that they have successfully maintained their outstanding status.

During the two day inspection, discussions were held with the leadership team, and subject leads. Deep dives were carried out in early reading, mathematics and humanities. For each deep dive, the inspector met with subject leads, looked at curriculum plans, spoke to teachers and pupils about their learning and looked at samples of pupils’ work.

It was reported that ‘Leaders have created a curriculum that is very ambitious across all subject areas. The curriculum provides pupils with a wide range of learning opportunities that they may not otherwise have experienced.’


It was also acknowledged that ‘Pupils love coming to this school. They are happy and safe and say that they enjoy their learning…taking great pride in their work…in an environment that is highly inclusive, safe and calm, where positive behaviour is the absolute expectation.’

The school’s Personalised Learning Centre was also recognised. ‘The school has successfully admitted and integrated a number of pupils whose needs other schools felt unable to meet. Pupils with special educational needs and or disabilities make the same exceptional progress as their peers.’

The report also noted the collaboration of the trust. ‘Staff feel that all leaders are extremely supportive and considerate of their workload and well-being. They enjoy the opportunities to work closely with other staff across the trust, to share ideas and planning to create the best possible curriculum opportunities for pupils.’

Praise and congratulations from parents and carers, the local authority and the wider community have flooded in, providing further affirmation that Quarry Hill Academy continues to be an outstanding school.

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