Staff and pupils at a Stanford-Le-Hope Primary School and Nursery are ending this academic year on a high after they were rated “Outstanding” for Personal development, behaviour and welfare and the school was rated “Good” in every other category and overall. Ofsted inspectors visited on 26th & 27th April and found that the school had improved significantly since the school’s 2015 inspection. The Lead Inspector wrote in the report that Mrs Bray and the other senior leaders have high aspirations and a relentless focus on improving the achievement of all of its pupils. He was particularly impressed by the inclusivity of the school. The Inspectors wrote “Pupils in the visual impairment unit are fully integrated within the main school and are making exceptional progress from a wide range of starting points” and they recognised that the needs of all SEND pupils are met superbly across the school.
There was particular praise that “Children in the early years make a very good start to their education” and across the whole school the “behaviour in lessons and around the school is exemplary. There are highly positive relationships between adults and pupils” and during lessons “Teachers demonstrate good subject knowledge, which they use to plan lessons that excite and motivate pupils to learn”.
In response to the report Head of School, Joanna Bray, said, “We are all delighted. The last two years have been an exciting journey, all of the staff have remained committed to driving forward and sustaining improvement. I am extremely proud of the judgements relating to the behaviour of our children, the good and at times outstanding teaching and the memorable learning experience”.
Inspectors also acknowledged that the schools’ membership of Osborne Co-operative Academy Trust has been an important factor in the schools’ successful development. Membership has provided not only valuable strategic advice to the school but also an opportunity for them to share their strengths with others within the Trust.
Paul Griffiths, CEO, expressed how pleased St Clere’s Co-operative Academy Trust is with this success and congratulated all the staff and pupils for making Stanford-le-Hope Primary a school the community can be proud of.
Trisha Jaffe, Chair of Trust, said “Our co-operative Trust has improved all its primary schools to good in three years and feels the Ofsted judgement of outstanding for personal development, welfare and behaviour shows even more potential for the future.”