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The James Oglethorpe Primary School had a great boost as the children headed off for their summer break, wowing Ofsted inspectors and taking their last ‘requires improvement’ rating up to a ‘good’.

The school, in Ashvale Gardens, Upminster, impressed inspectors so much they even noted how pupil progress was much better than that found in other schools nationally in their report.

 Headteacher Deborah Rowles said:

 “I was absolutely delighted with this report, especially after two years of dedicated and accelerated effort to focus on improvements Ofsted said we needed to make following our last inspection.

“To be recognised as a strong, hard-working school community is wonderful and there is much for everyone involved, teachers, staff, parents, pupils and governors, to feel justifiably proud of.”

During their 2012 visit, inspectors did not see enough teaching of a good standard, but this time, much had improved, stating in their report teaching is ‘typically good’ and also noting how the standard of teaching ensures pupils are learning the necessary key skills to become successful learners.

The report reads:

“Teachers know their pupils extremely well and ensure that lessons are planned with interesting activities to cater for their individual learning needs.”

 Inspectors also commented on the good behaviour of pupils, and how teachers, staff and governors have high expectations of them at all times.

 Councillor Meg Davis, Cabinet Member for Children and Learning, said: 

“Well done to everyone at James Oglethorpe Primary School, who have worked so hard to see this recognition by Ofsted.”

“To see such lovely comments in their report is fantastic. No school likes to be told it requires improvement following an inspection, but everyone at this school did exactly the right thing by picking themselves up and working extremely hard, very fast, to ensure they addressed all the concerns, and turned themselves around, which they have done extremely well.”

 The article will appear in the Romford Recorder and the Yellow Advertiser this week and our good news will be ‘tweeted’ by Havering Council.



Inspection of The James Oglethorpe Primary School by Ofsted

We are very pleased to report that Inspectors judged us as Good in every area and our overall Grade is a Grade 2 - Good.
We are all delighted and know that you will be too.
Congratulations to all in the school community on this marvellous news. 

The full report can be found here


Ms Deborah Rowles (Headteacher)


Dear Parents,  

Welcome to The James Oglethorpe Primary School.

We believe that school is a happier and more valuable place if staff, parents and governors can work actively together in the process of educating your child.

Our aim is for all children to become independent, adaptable, caring and tolerant and to achieve their full potential. We will ensure that the requirements of the National Curriculum are met and that the children receive a broad and balanced education.                                

We are very proud of our achievements, which include Investors in People status, the Arts Mark and Active Mark Awards, Football Association Status and a School Achievement Award from the DCSF.

We have strong and mutually supportive links with our parents/carers. Home/school partnership is an important ingredient in your child's education and s/he will benefit from our joint interest and support throughout the whole time s/he attends this school.

If your child is to join us soon we hope that this will be the beginning of a very happy time for each of you. If you already have a child at the school we are pleased to renew our acquaintance. Whichever is the case, we look forward to meeting you many times over during the course of your child's schooling.

Yours sincerely,

Ms. Deborah Rowles (B.ED Hons N.P.Q.H.)
Head Teacher



Hello and welcome on behalf of the Governing Body.

The Governing Body is made up from volunteers whose primary interest is to give all pupils the opportunity to aim high and so to achieve their potential in life.  We do this by using our skills, time and experience for the benefit of the school.

We have 3 main roles:

Ø  Strategic decision making

Ø  Accountability – by taking responsibility for the effects of any decisions made

Ø  ‘Critical friend’ – providing a balance of challenge and support.

We accomplish these through meetings of the Governing Body as a whole, as well as through sub-committees and both formal and informal visits to the school.

Cathy Rogers

Chair of Governors


For a full list of our school governors, please click here