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Head’s pride as academy moves off Ofsted hitlist
THE Basildon Lower Academy is celebrating finally coming out of special measures after Ofsted praised improvements.
The school for 11 to 14-yearolds, in Timberlog Close, has been under scrutiny from the education watchdog since March last year.
But yesterday the school’s executive principal, Bev Bell, and chairman of governors, Les Livermore, announced the school was back on track.
The Ofsted report went as far to say behaviour, attendance, safety, leadership and management were all good – the second highest grade available.
In a joint statement, Bev Bell and Les Livermore said: “We are delighted with the outcomes of our recent inspection; the positive energy that exists between parents, students, staff and governors is unequivocal.
“The academy is now performing well. Academic attainment is up, aspiration is up, attendance is up, and our pupil rolls continue to grow.
“The students, teachers, senior leaders and governors are proud of the academy and will continue to work as a team to aspire, believe and achieve.
“We now have a solid foundation that will enable us to progress rapidly.”
The Ofsted report also praised pupils’ attitude to learning and their eagerness to succeed, and the ambition of the school’s leaders and managers for the ways they have improved communication between the school, pupils and parents.
Bev Bell arrived at the school in November 2012 and walked into a firestorm after previous head Dr Rory Fox quit over serious concerns he had with the school’s sponsor, Martin Finegold, and the governing body.
Questions were also raised in Parliament about the school’s plight by South Basildon MP Stephen Metcalfe.
The school has been graded by Ofsted as requiring improvement and is no longer inadequate.
It will face another inspection within 24 months, but this is far less frequent than when in special measures.
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