A RECENT study revealed that since 2020, four out of five schools dropped from the top grade of “outstanding” after an Ofsted inspection.

A number of south Essex schools have retained their top grade, or have had their ratings upgraded, in recent months. This includes Westcliff High School for Girls, Westcliff High School for Boys and St Peter's Catholic Primary School.

Here is a list of all of the schools in are area that are rated “outstanding”.

1. Southend High School for Boys, in Prittlewell Chase, Southend – Last inspection in December 2014.

2. Southend High School for Girls, in Southchurch Boulevard, Southend – Last inspection December 2011.

3. Westcliff High School for Boys, in Kenilworth Gardens, Westcliff – Last inspection November 2023.

4. Westcliff High School for Girls, in Kenilworth Gardens, Westcliff – Last inspection February 2024.

5. Blenheim Primary School, in School Way, Leigh – Last inspection January 2020.

6. The St Christopher School, in Mountdale Gardens, Leigh – Last inspection September 2022.

7. Quilters Infant School, in Laindon Road, Billericay – Last inspection November 2018.

8. The Eastwood Academy, in Rayleigh Road, Leigh – Last inspection October 2020.

9. West Leigh Junior School, in Ronald Hill Grove, Leigh – Last inspection November 2021.

10. Grove Wood Primary School, in Grove Road, Rayleigh – Last inspection September 2023.

11. Westwood Academy, in Beresford Close, Hadleigh – Last inspection November 2017.

12. Kingston Primary School, in Church Road, Thundersley – Last inspection November 2023.

13. Glenwood School, in Rushbottom Lane, Thundersley – Last inspection November 2018.

14. Beauchamps High School, in Beauchamps Drive, Wickford – Last inspection October 2014.

15. The Wickford Church of England School, in Mount Road, Wickford – Last inspection September 2023.

16. Greensted Primary School and Nursery, in Kirby Road, Basildon – Last inspection July 2016.

17. St Peter's Catholic Primary School, in Coxes Farm Road, Billericay – Last inspection February 2024.

18. Lee Chapel Primary School, in The Knares, Basildon – Last inspection November 2023.

19. Buttsbury Junior School, in Norsey View Drive, Billericay – Last inspection November 2019.

20. The Phoenix Primary School, in Leinster Road, Laindon – Last inspection July 2019.

21. The Pioner School, in Ghyllgrove, Basildon – Last inspection April 2019.