A Hornchurch school, which is in special measures, has improved after teaching changes

10:45 21 November 2012

Langtons school, Westland Avenue, Hornchurch

Langtons school, Westland Avenue, Hornchurch


A Hornchurch school which was put into special measures earlier this year is now “improving” after an overhaul of teaching and gaining seven new teachers.

Langton’s Junior School, in Westland Avenue, was rated inadequate – the lowest rating – for its overall effectiveness; achievement of pupils; quality of teaching; and leadership and management in February.

Ofsted inspectors rated the behaviour and safety of the pupils as satisfactory during the full unannounced inspection.

The school was placed in special measures and the council had a greater control over the running of it, and training of staff until it improved.

Following a monitoring visit lead inspector Robert Lovett said the progress since the school went into special measures and since the last monitoring inspection was good.

The school has had seven new teachers, three of which are newly qualified. The report, which was published this week, said improvements were also down to the middle leadership of year leaders being restructured with three of the four new to the school and all new to their role. An inclusion manager started in September and there is a new chair of the governing body.

The report said the quality of teaching has improved “considerably” and more of it is at a “good” level, rather than in adequate.

As a result pupils are making better progress in lessons and their attainment has risen in reading, writing and maths.

He added: “When teachers themselves exude excitement and enthusiasm and communicate the fun of learning pupils respond very positively. The teachers continue to be reflective and eager to improve.

“They recognise where things have gone well and where their practice could be improved. All teachers are eager to maintain the momentum for improvement.”

Pupils’ achievement is rising as a result, and more are reaching the nationally expected Level 4 in English and maths compared to the previous year.

Mr Lovett added that there a “particularly impressive” rise – almost half the pupils in English- reaching a Level 5, which is “well above the national average”.

Inspectors were also impressed with new pupil progress meetings, which they said were “an effective way of identifying those pupils at risk of underachievement and making sure they quickly get the right help”.


Latest News Stories

Havering Town Hall.

Havering Council has approved releasing more than £83million to provide affordable housing in the borough.

Campaigners demonstrate in front of the Mecca Bingo hall in Hornchurch after Lidl submitted a planning application to demolish the Tower building

Campaigners battling to save the Mecca Bingo Hall building in Hornchurch are vowing to battle on and will appeal a decision not to list the building.

Borough commander Jason Gwillim told the Recorder it was

The Borough Commander and MPs have welcomed the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s decision to scrap cuts to police forces.

Yesterday, 16:10
Recorder reporter Hayley Anderson with her national journalism award

Recorder reporter Hayley Anderson was highly commended in a national journalism awards evening in Birmingham last night.

Yesterday, 15:45
Time FM Steve Allen will host the chat with the Recorder's Chris Carter and Laura Burnip

A swan that got police in a flap, term-time holidays and Havering’s mirocpub were the topics covered on today’s Recorder paper review on Time 107.5FM.

Yesterday, 13:29
Ryan Machin and his mother Michelle Bennett at their home in Romford after Ryan took the last British Airways flight back from Sharm el-Sheikh to London

A 17-year-old who worked in a hotel in Sharm el-Sheikh was one of the last passengers to be repatriated to the UK and calls on people not to be afraid to return to the holiday resort.

Yesterday, 11:28
Two fire engines attended a house fire at an address in Park Lane, Hornchurch on Wednesday evening and a man was rushed to hopistal where he was treated for smoke inhalation

A man was rushed to hospital for smoke inhalation after firefighters were called at a flat in Hornchurch on Wednesday evening.

Yesterday, 10:57
Boys born in Cranham will live healthily for 17 years longer than those in Harold Hill

New statistics show the inequality in expectations for our children

Most read news

News from your area


Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.


MAC Makeup

MAC are renowned for their flawless, fabulous make up that is used worldwide by the stars. You too can have the chance to have the perfect makeup to suit your needs with £1,000 to spend on all the glam goodies you like!


You are never far from an Argos, wherever in the country you may be. They are like a magical cavern where whatever you need they seem to have it out the back behind the counter. So why not put them to the test with this great MyOffers competition to win £1000 to spend in-store.

Digital Edition

Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder