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Our Press release this weekend
‘UPMINSTER SCHOOL PRAISED BY OFSTED AS IMPROVEMENTS
LIFT IT TO GOOD RATING AND PUPIL PROGRESS EXCELS’
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.
July - News for September! Increase in pupil numbers
We have been approached by the London Borough of Havering to provide extra capacity for pupil numbers this coming year. There are not enough places for pupils across the borough and we have been asked to ’bulge’ certain year groups for the academic year 2014/15.
This will happen in the Reception year group where classes will go up to 30 a piece, also in Year 5 and Year 6. What this means is that we will be allowed to increase our pupil numbers in those year groups to 6o rather than our current 45. I am very excited as that means for the first time we will not have to mix up our pupils in Year 5 and Year 6 and can, instead, offer two straight classes of Year 5 and two of Year 6.
Parents will know this is the direction our school needs to move in and has the full backing of the Governing body, who are delighted that we are moving closer to our vision of being a two-form entry school. I have set out below what this will mean for each different stage of our school.
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)
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.
Ms. Deborah Rowles (B.ED Hons N.P.Q.H.)
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.
Chair of Governors
For a full list of our school governors, please click here