Ofsted: Quarry Hill still suffers from “low expectations”

QUARRY HILL primary continues to find itself under pressure after the government watchdog Ofsted delivered a highly critical report. The school is similar to its neighbouring senior school, Grays School, in that it appears to have crawled out of special measures but continues to, in football parlance, hover above the relegation zone, with a succession of “Requires Improvement” judgments.

Sports day “banned” at Kenningtons Primary

YOU must remember your sports day? Do you now sit at the end of a bar, nursing a whisky, saying to yourself: “I should have won that egg and spoon race in 1976 but it was the pressure: the baying crowd, the press conferences, the lights.” Or maybe it was that you felt that you were the weakest link in the three legged race or you dropped that egg at the vital point as flashbulbs popped.

Warren looking forward to Summer Fayre

There are also some great prizes to be won. Spur Steak & Grill is sponsoring a kids colouring competition, offering a first prize of a Nintendo Wii.  Fantastic raffle prizes have been generously donated by other local stores and businesses, including products from Lush Lakeside, food vouchers from both Spur Steak & Grill and Oriental Pan Asian Restaurant, Vue cinema tickets and Partyman World family tickets.

Plans for new primary school in Grays

A NEW primary school should be built in western Grays, new education portfolio holder and Leader of the Council, John Kent says.
Speaking at Thurrock Council’s cabinet, Cllr Kent highlighted proposals for a new school at the top of Belmont Road – which, if all goes to plan should open for September 2014.

Ofsted still causing big trouble in Little Thurrock

LEADERS are working with individual teachers to develop their practice through coaching and there has been some improvement in literacy and numeracy teaching. Some evaluations of the quality of teaching in subjects other than mathematics and English, by senior leaders, are too generous. Some weaknesses are missed and therefore feedback is not as helpful as it could be.

Children sing for Shrek

CHILDREN from six Corringham primary schools took part in the Corringham Junior School Choir Competition at the Springhouse Club on Wednesday 12th June 2013. The event, organised by the Rotary Club of Corringham Thameside required each school choir to sing two songs of their own choosing which were judged on the following criteria, choice of songs, quality of performance, teamwork, and the enjoyment displayed by the children in the choir.

Ofsted tell Corringham Primary School: “Not fit for purpose”

OFSTED has returned to the Herd Lane school which they placed in special measures in January and have continued to make a number of withering criticisms. It is bad enough for a school to go into special measures but it is quite rare for Ofsted to go back to a school and deliver quite such a damning report. It is as if they have flung back the school’s and the council’s action plan as “Not fit for purpose.” It also makes quite a statement on the salaries of the staff/

Award for local headteacher

LOUISE Coates, head teacher at Bonnygate Primary School in South Ockendon, has been awarded a runners-up prize in the prestigious regional Headteacher of the Year awards.

She achieved a distinction in the annual Pearson Teaching Awards, which means she was an outstanding candidate for head teacher of a primary school in London and the south-east.

Ofsted still critical of Lansdowne Academy

LEADERS monitor the quality of teaching by visiting classrooms, tracking the progress of pupils and looking at the work in their books. Leaders are not yet routinely considering the results of this monitoring together to give an accurate picture of teaching over time. Teachers receive targets to improve their practice but these are not routinely followed through to subsequent observations to ensure that matters improve quickly.

Vast majority of parents get first choice primary school

CLLR Oliver Gerrish, the council’s cabinet member for children’s services including schools, said: “In recent years there have been issues around the Chafford Hundred schools, but that doesn’t seem to be so this year. “We have just five on-time applicants from the estate who will not be offered a place at one of its primary schools – this compares with over 20 at this time last year.” He added: “There are another five applicants who made applications after the deadline and they will be offered places at the nearest local school outside Chafford Hundred.”

Little Thurrock primary slammed by Ofsted

ANOTHER week, another under-performing Thurrock primary school.1. Teaching is not yet consistently good for enough pupils to make good progress across the school. In some Key Stage 1 classes, teachers do not have high enough expectations of pupils and do not build on pupils’ prior learning to challenge them sufficiently well.

Blood on the carpet at Harris Primary in Chafford

And so it looks like the Federation are ringing the changes. First out the door are a number of governors. Chair of governors and local councillor, Tunde Ojetola announced on twitter that he was stepping down. Cllr Ojetola had stepped into the breach, three years ago after a large number of governors had quit.

A love of reading at Woodside Academy shines through

A highlight of the week was the book character fancy dress coinciding with World Book Day on Thursday 7th March. Staff and children dressed up as favourite characters from books old and new demonstrating a wide range of reading. There were characters from Dickens and JK Rowling but most popular of all were the green-haired Oompa-Lumpas from Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Bonnygate head bidding for top award

LOUISE Coates, Headteacher at Bonnygate Primary School in South Ockendon has been selected as a finalist for the 2013 Pearson Teaching Awards, Headteacher of the Year. The Arisdale Avenue school’s deputy head, Gareth Jones, was on hand to meet the judges last week (wednesday, 27 February).

Thurrock School Sports Partnership: Jan report

A spokesperson said: “I have been in talks with Hayley Pegg from Southend West SSP and Rebecca Jones from ActiveEssex regarding the ‘School run’ project which we are hoping to roll out in Thurrock.

“The School run is designed to encourage parents to get involved in running/walking with sessions catering for a mix of abilities from beginners to intermediate levels.

Woodside primary becomes an Academy

Headteacher Edward Caines said “These are exciting times in education. We have become used to failed secondary schools being reopened with a massive cash injection and a face lift but now good primary schools which are already successful are becoming independent academies with the freedom to continue their improvement we are going to see something really special.”