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Collier Row principal ‘confident’ academy is improving after Ofsted reveals school has not received ‘good’ rating in 10 years

PUBLISHED: 07:00 03 January 2018

The Bower Park Academy

The Bower Park Academy

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The principal of a school in special measures that has not received a “good” Ofsted rating in more than 10 years, says it is “on track” for making progress.

The Recorder reported last month that Ofsted London revealed Havering has the second smallest percentage of good or outstanding secondary schools, and children in only one other London borough improve less between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4.

Bower Park Academy, Brittons Academy and Sanders School were also named on a list of 130 schools, dubbed “the intractables”, that have not improved according to Ofsted over the past decade.

But Stuart McLaughlin, principal of Bower Park Academy, Havering Road, Collier Row, insists that the school is moving in the right direction.

He said: “It is a fact that the academy has not received such a judgement [from Ofsted].

“However, that is a reflection of our past and not an indication of our current journey.

“I want to reassure parents and carers that we are working tirelessly to improve the education for all students attending the academy.”

The school was rated “inadequate” and placed in special measures by the education watchdog in February last year but received positive feedback following an inspection in July 2017.

In the report published in September, it said: “The school now has a more streamline and effective leadership team which has started to have a significant impact on the quality of teaching and pupil outcomes.”

The report then goes on to say that the quality of teaching has improved, work is more challenging and pupils are keen to learn with “increasingly high aspirations”.

The school is also said to be making a “robust start” to working towards a better rating and that strategies for improvement are having a positive impact especially in maths and science.

Mr McLaughlin said: “All the indicators, including visits by the DFE (Department for Education) and Ofsted, support the fact we are on track to receive a good judgement from Ofsted.

“I am confident that we can achieve that goal within a year.”

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