Outstanding for Quarry Hill Academy

1st September 2016

Quarry Hill Academy Leaps from Requires Improvement to 'OUTSTANDING' within 12 months!

Parents, teachers and pupils at Quarry Hill Academy in Grays are celebrating after a rapid turnaround in its recent Ofsted inspection.

There has been a huge drive by staff and governors to make improvements, the school has now been re-inspected. And this time, Ofsted has graded Quarry Hill as 'Outstanding'!

It scored top marks for the quality of teaching and the impact this had on pupil outcomes, their personal development, behaviour and welfare. Also judged outstanding were the effectiveness of the school's leadership and management in delivering such a rapid and significant improvements.

The school’s results had met or exceeded national expectations in 2015 but the previous Ofsted's visit in June of that year judged it as requires improvement. The Headteacher and senior leaders were determined to demonstrate what the school was truly capable of and their hard work paid off when inspected again in June 2016 – Ofsted said that “The curriculum is very well planned. It ensures that pupils make excellent progress in both English and Mathematics. However, it goes beyond this as it provides pupils with interesting and stimulating topics which develop their knowledge in a range of subjects.”

Quarry Hill Academy is the highest performing primary school in Thurrock this year, again demonstrating the determination of the leadership to improve the quality of education that it provides.

Having re-inspected last month, Ofsted concluded in glowing terms:  “The headteacher provides outstanding leadership. Together with an extremely strong leadership team he has brought about significant improvements since the previous inspection.”

Ofsted went on to say - “The school is characterised by happy pupils who play and work well together. All of the pupils who spoke to inspectors or completed the school’s questionnaire said they loved being in school. Comments such as, ‘coming to school brings a smile to my face,’ ‘amazing teachers’, ‘no one is left out’ and ‘If you are sad other children cheer you up’ are typical pupil views.”

“Senior leaders have ensured that staff are highly skilled and that teaching is of the highest quality… Leaders ensure that all pupils achieve at the highest level. They meticulously monitor the progress of pupils.”

Headteacher Tony Parfett said: "The inspection clearly demonstrates the drive and determination of staff to provide the very best education for every child. We are incredibly proud of our pupils’ achievements and this cements the outstanding outcomes that our pupils gained this year, which yet again exceeded national expectations. The teachers and children deserve this accolade for these incredible improvements. What a fantastic team!”