Dorothy Barley Junior Academy moves out of Special Measures with latest Ofsted rating of “Good”

++ First Inspection since joining primary academy trust REAch2 ++

Dorothy Barley Junior Academy in Dagenham, has come out of Special Measures and is now rated as “Good” by Ofsted after being inspected last month. This is the first Ofsted inspection the school has undergone since joining the UK’s largest primary academy trust, REAch2, in June, 2014. Before converting to an academy the school received a rating of “special measures” in December, 2012.

The primary school, which teaches pupils aged 7 to 11 was judged as “Good” in all areas. Since becoming an academy the report notes that “the headteacher, ably supported by all other leaders, has driven forward significant improvements with energy and determination.”

Staff were described as having “benefited greatly from high-quality training and support” and, “as a result, all aspects of the school’s work are good and improving.” Teaching was described as “good because teachers and other adults work closely together to plan learning that excites and engages pupils well” and “teaching is effective in making sure that pupils make good progress.”

The report notes that “pupils are making good progress in all subjects” and “have positive attitudes to learning. They behave well, work hard and are keen to succeed” and their “spiritual, moral and social development is strong.”

The curriculum was described as “[supporting] pupils to learn and behave well. It provides a good range of stimulating experiences, which pupils clearly enjoy. The curriculum also helps to ensure the good health and well-being of pupils.”

 Cathy Leicester, Headteacher at Dorothy Barley Junior Academy, said:

 “We are extremely proud of the whole school community for this significant achievement. It has taken hard work, determination, commitment and a strong team ethos to get us to this place. The whole school community: children, parents, staff and governors have worked together to create a culture of high expectations. After facing considerable challenges, we can now say that we have a school where we know our children will continue to thrive and succeed.

“Having also recently been awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark Centre of Excellence status, this ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted means we now have a solid foundation to build upon in our quest to create a truly outstanding educational experience for the children in our local community.”

Sir Steve Lancashire, CEO of REAch2 Academy Trust, said:

“I am delighted that the hard work and dedication of the team at Dorothy Barley Junior Academy has paid off and pupils are receiving the exceptional opportunities for learning that they deserve. This is a fantastic achievement and we are all feeling extremely proud.”

Interested parents can find out more about Dorothy Barley Junior Academy at

The full report can be seen here.