Schools get their re­ports

HIGH NUM­BER GET RAT­INGS OF ‘GOOD’ AND ‘OUT­STAND­ING’ FROM OF­STED

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PAR­ENTS of chil­dren start­ing pri­mary school in Hilling­don this month can re­joice at the pos­i­tive Of­sted re­ports in the area.

Fol­low­ing the ed­u­ca­tion watch­dogs lat­est in­spec­tions, a ma­jor­ity of the pri­mary schools across Hilling­don have been awarded sat­is­fy­ing clas­si­fi­ca­tions.

Most of the schools who have had an Of­sted in­spec­tion have been graded as ‘good’, and 11 pri­mary schools re­ceived the highly re­garded ‘out­stand­ing’ grade. There are cur­rently no schools listed as ‘in­ad­e­quate’ by Of­sted in Hilling­don.

A newly opened pri­mary school is per­form­ing to the best stan­dard, whilst oth­ers have im­proved their over­all per­for­mance dra­mat­i­cally.

Built on a former RAF site in Uxbridge, John Locke Academy, on Bader Way, bril­liantly re­ceived an ‘out­stand­ing’ award in ev­ery cat­e­gory at their first ever in­spec­tion last year .

Grange Park Ju­nior School has tri­umphantly jumped to a ‘good’ rat­ing af­ter be­ing awarded ‘sat­is­fac­tory’ and ‘re­quires im­prove­ments’ in pre- vi­ous years.

Head teacher Sophia Shaikh be­lieves she is blessed to work with her se­nior lead­ers and staff who have taken on board all the new ini­tia­tives in­tro­duced, she says: “Every­one is will­ing to go the ex­tra mile, there is no room for com­pla­cency and we never, ever give up.

“Th­ese chil­dren get one chance and we do ev­ery­thing we can to im­prove their life chances.

“We value par­ent col­lab­o­ra­tion and a part­ner­ship with par­ents who work hard to pro­vide for and support their pupils. Par­ent meet­ings and work­shops are an in­te­gral part of how we work in unity.

“We are all will­ing to try new ways of work­ing to pre­pare our pupils for the fu­ture.”

Fol­low­ing an Of­sted in­spec­tion in April 2017 Charville Academy has also im­proved their rat­ing from ‘re­quires im­prove­ment’ to ‘good’.

The in­spec­tion states: “The head­teacher, to­gether with other se­nior lead­ers, has worked dili­gently to im­prove the qual­ity of teach­ing and learn­ing across the school since its last in­spec­tion.

“Teach­ing, learn­ing and as­sess­ment are now good. Con­se­quently, pupils make good progress in a wide range of sub­jects.”

The re­port also spoke highly of the stu­dents at Charville Academy as an as­set to the school, the re­port says: “They are well be­haved, con­sid­er­ate and re­spect­ful. Pupils have a good un­der­stand­ing of the school’s val­ues and dis­play this in their be­hav­iour around the school and to­wards one an­other.”

How­ever, it’s not great news for all the bor­ough’s ed­u­ca­tional in­stitu- tions as seven pri­mary schools are graded as ‘re­quires im­prove­ment’.

This in­cludes Oak Farm Ju­nior School which dropped to a lower sta­tus af­ter be­ing awarded ‘good’ in its previous two re­ports.

Chil­dren and teach­ers at John Locke Academy on the former RAF base in Hilling­don Hill, now St An­drew’s Park

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