School achieves outstanding Ofsted

Southend Standard: Head teacher Pauline Lucas celebrating the outstanding results with pupils Head teacher Pauline Lucas celebrating the outstanding results with pupils

LEIGH Infant School has been rated outstanding by Ofsted inspectors.

The school has retained its top rating in all areas.

Inspectors described headteacher Pauline Lucas and the school’s governors as “relentless” in their drive to ensure all pupils succeed.

The school was praised for overall effectiveness, pupil achievement, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils, as well as leadership and management.

Inspectors found by the time they leave, pupils’ attainment in reading, writing and mathematics is significantly higher than that found nationally and behaviour is exemplary. Mrs Lucas said: “Clearly, I’m absolutely delighted with the outcome.

“The lead inspector said the love of learning in this school is tangible, so I’m proud we have a happy, hard-working, harmonious staff team, seeking the very best for every child.

“We have very high expectations of our pupils, both academically and socially, and a strong commitment to ensuring every one fulfils their potential.”

Recognised for her achievements, Mrs Lucas has taken charge of neighbouring school Leigh North Street Junior School, which in May was placed in special measures.

She is the executive headteacher overseeing the improvements.

In an Ofsted monitoring report in July, inspectors said: “Since your appointment, you have gained the confidence of the parents, staff and pupils. Your expectations of staff are high and you are evaluating the quality of teaching effectively.”

Southend councillor responsible for Children and Learning, James Courtenay said: “This is a tremendous outcome for Leigh Infant School and I congratulate everyone’s magnificent contribution.

“It’s exceptionally rare for a school to gain an outstanding rating in every single category, so this is an especially remarkable achievement.

“There are very dedicated school staff and governors working in our borough, so it’s terrific to see these qualities recognised nationally.”

Comments (3)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

7:44am Mon 9 Dec 13

go get em says...

What a crock of Sh@t.
The Council along with OFSTED and the new Headmistress is trying to turn Leigh North street into a Academy.
They sacked the previous Headmaster to achieve this.
It's just a matter of time . . . . Ofsted will continue to mark them as special measures until the school falls inline with the wishes of all parties and switch over to Acadamy status.

How can a School go from outstanding to special measures in 6 months . . . !!
What a crock of Sh@t. The Council along with OFSTED and the new Headmistress is trying to turn Leigh North street into a Academy. They sacked the previous Headmaster to achieve this. It's just a matter of time . . . . Ofsted will continue to mark them as special measures until the school falls inline with the wishes of all parties and switch over to Acadamy status. How can a School go from outstanding to special measures in 6 months . . . !! go get em

9:18am Mon 9 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

go get em wrote:
What a crock of Sh@t.
The Council along with OFSTED and the new Headmistress is trying to turn Leigh North street into a Academy.
They sacked the previous Headmaster to achieve this.
It's just a matter of time . . . . Ofsted will continue to mark them as special measures until the school falls inline with the wishes of all parties and switch over to Acadamy status.

How can a School go from outstanding to special measures in 6 months . . . !!
2 differant ofsted reports, if you read it it says it has 'retained' its 'outstanding' mark as an infant school...but the next door school (Juniors) was struggling and got marked down recently.
[quote][p][bold]go get em[/bold] wrote: What a crock of Sh@t. The Council along with OFSTED and the new Headmistress is trying to turn Leigh North street into a Academy. They sacked the previous Headmaster to achieve this. It's just a matter of time . . . . Ofsted will continue to mark them as special measures until the school falls inline with the wishes of all parties and switch over to Acadamy status. How can a School go from outstanding to special measures in 6 months . . . !![/p][/quote]2 differant ofsted reports, if you read it it says it has 'retained' its 'outstanding' mark as an infant school...but the next door school (Juniors) was struggling and got marked down recently. DogsMessInLeigh

6:15pm Mon 9 Dec 13

jolllyboy says...

Surely no-one believes Ofted any more. They are a waste of time, and a waste of our money because they are not reliable.
Surely no-one believes Ofted any more. They are a waste of time, and a waste of our money because they are not reliable. jolllyboy

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree