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Collier Row’s Bower Park Academy no longer in special measures and receives Good Ofsted rating

PUBLISHED: 12:00 30 April 2018

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A secondary school is “proud” to announce that it is no longer in special measures and has instead been rated Good by Ofsted.

Bower Park Academy, Havering Road, Collier Row, was placed into special measures in February last year by the education watchdog, following a damning report, stating that pupils were failing to get an “acceptable standard of education”.

But following an inspection which was carried out in March, the school received confirmation on Friday, April 27, that it is no longer deemed in special measures, being rated as good in all areas which includes quality of teaching and outcomes for pupils.

Principal Stuart McLaughlin said: “I am so proud of my staff, pupils and governors for this fantastic achievement.

“The speed at which the school has improved is both remarkable and very satisfying.

“The academy is now providing the high-quality education that our pupils deserve.

“I want to thank the staff and pupils for how hard they have worked to achieve this good judgement.

“However, we will not stop here – our next goal is to secure outstanding outcomes for our students and an outstanding judgement from Ofsted.”

During the inspection, inspectors saw that “pupils’ achievements have improved significantly since the last inspection” and that “pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education”.

Teaching overall is described as “strong” and there is now “a positive climate for learning”.

In the report it also says: “Leaders, including governors, have taken swift action to deal with the school’s weaknesses.

“A rigorous focus on teaching and learning has had a strong impact on improving standards.”

Bower Park Academy joined the Empower Learning Academy Trust, alongside Hall Mead School, in Upminster, and Brittons Academy in Rainham, in September 2016.

Chief executive of the trust Simon London said: “We are delighted that the community now have a local school that they can be proud of and that our trust has been able to support the academy’s rapid improvement.

“Huge credit and thanks must go to Mr McLaughlin, his leadership team, the governors, the staff, the pupils and parents for all their support.

“We join them in celebrating this fantastic achievement.”

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