March 11 2014 Latest news:
Beth Wyatt, Reporter
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Staff and students at an Upminster school have been rewarded for their hard work with a third consecutive “outstanding” rating from Ofsted.
The Sacred Heart of Mary Girls’ School, of St Mary’s Lane, was awarded top marks by the body after being inspected for two days in November.
This was its first full inspection since becoming an academy in 2011.
Headteacher Kim O’Neill said: “We are very proud that Ofsted have acknowledged us as an outstanding school for the third time.
“The judgments that Ofsted have made are testament to the high quality of our teaching and support staff at Sacred Heart of Mary.”
The school received the highest grade in all four categories - the achievement of pupils, the quality of teaching, the behaviour and safety of pupils and the leadership and management.
Lead inspector Haydn Evans said in the report: “Skilled and committed school leaders help drive improvement relentlessly and with the students’ best interests as the priority.
“Consequently, students thrive, have a real commitment to their community and achieve at the highest levels.”
The report, which congratulated the school for its “positive ethos,” praised the pupils for their attitude to learning, noting their respect for their teachers and their enthusiasm.
Teachers were described as not only providing outstanding leadership and teaching, but as also having high expectations of their students.
Mrs O’Neill added: “We are a warm and caring learning community with a strong family ethos and a distinctive Catholic identity, where everyone plays their part in the relentless pursuit of excellence.”