Purfleet Academy rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted

Purfleet Primary Academy in Essex has been rated “Good” by Ofsted after being inspected last month. Purfleet Primary joined REAch2 Academy Trust in April 2013, starting a new chapter in its history. Since joining the UK’s largest primary academy trust the school has improved from a rating of “Requires Improvement” to “Good”. The primary school, which teaches 520 pupils aged 3 to 11, was judged as “Good” in all areas.

The report noted the positive learning behavior displayed across the school, remarking that “pupils enjoy learning and are keen to succeed. They behave well in lessons and around the school. Pupils are polite and respectful.”

“They are happy and self-confident. They are proud of their school and were keen to talk to inspectors. All of the pupils spoken to said that they enjoyed school and were happy”.

“Pupils understand what teachers expect of them and show a zest for learning. Pupils are eager to learn and succeed”.

The report highlighted the “good progress in reading, writing and mathematics” that pupils are making and the “good level of challenge and support” governors provide. The quality of teaching, learning and assessment was judged as “Good” with the report saying that some aspects are outstanding and that “as a result standards are improving”.

Inspectors noted that there has been a sustained improvement in the outcomes for pupils since the last inspection and added that pupil progress information and the work of pupils currently in the school indicate that this is set to continue.

The report also praises Headteacher, Lesley Mabey, for providing “committed leadership that is focused on the pursuit of excellence for all pupils. Together with the governors and senior leaders she has created an inclusive and aspirational culture where pupils believe they can succeed.”

“School leaders have created a culture of high aspiration, where every child, regardless of their background, is given the opportunity to achieve in a caring, well-disciplined environment. As a result academic standards are improving”.

 Lesley Mabey, Headteacher at Purfleet, said:

‘We are all delighted to have achieved this, as we feel it is a testament to the hard work of all involved. On a personal level, I am thrilled that the hard work of the entire community has been recognised and extremely pleased that parents in Purfleet now have a ‘Good’ school in the local area for their children to attend.

‘Together, we have all brought the school a long way in a short amount of time. With the continuing support of the community, I have every confidence that we will continue, with equal speed, on our journey towards our goal of an outstanding education for all pupils.’

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

‘We are extremely proud of what Lesley and her team have achieved and are pleased that their hard work has been rewarded. We want all children to have access to exceptional opportunities for learning in every single one of our schools’.

Interested parents can find out more about Purfleet Primary Academy at http://www.purfleetprimary.co.uk

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