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We're outstanding - King John School celebrates latest Ofsted
6:00am Friday 11th October 2013 in News
A SCHOOL is celebrating being rated “outstanding” in its latest Ofsted inspection.
The education watchdog has issued a glowing report after visiting the King John School in Shipwrights Drive, Thundersley last month.
The school was given Ofsted’s top grade in all four areas of assessment – pupils’ achievement, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management.
During the visit, inspectors observed 53 lessons, interviewed staff and parents, looked at pupils’ work and studied parent and pupil surveys.
Their report praises pupils’ behaviour as “exemplary”, adding: “The school is a happy and harmonious community; students support each other and enjoy learning together.”
Teachers were also commended for having “high expectations”
of pupils, planning “innovative and engaging lessons which enables students to learn well and make exceptional progress.”
Headteacher Margaret Wilson said: “This is the first outstanding rating we have received since becoming an academy, so we are absolutely delighted.
“Ofsted recognised our pupil behaviour was exemplary and pupils made exceptional progress, so we are thrilled for our students and our parents.
“It is difficult to get to an outstanding level.
“People talk about us being a large school and we are, but our rating is because we have such high-quality teaching and work supportively and collaboratively.”
Education standards in Castle Point are at an all time high, with all five of its secondary schools now rated either good or outstanding, the two best rankings.
MrsWilson, headteacher for 13 years, said King John’s reputation was attracting pupils from as far away as Orsett and Tilbury.
She added: “Schools in Castle Point are doing phenomenally well. Very few areas in the country have only good and outstanding secondary schools.
“Headteachers in Castle Point meet regularly to discuss howwe can help each other. Despite what’s going on elsewhere, we work really well as a group of heads.”
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