Article by Richard Duggan: Staff, parents and children at a Billiericay school are celebrating after they received top marks in their most recent educational assessment.
Quilters Junior School, in Laindon Road, have achieved an 'outstanding' grade in every section of their most recent Ofsted inspection, which took place at the beginning of March.
Previously, the school had been awarded a 'good' grade after its inspection in March 2012.
The inspection, which took place with one day's notice, saw the school scrutinised in five categories; effectiveness of leadership and management; quality of teaching, learning and assessment; personal development, behaviour and welfare; and outcomes for pupils.
The report noted the school had improved significantly since 2012 due to "strong leadership at all levels and excellent governance".
Inspectors also praised the school's innovation and encouragement of pupil's individual talents, as well as the strong relationships between teachers and their students.
The children were also noted to have exemplary behaviour and attitudes towards learning, with the teachers commended for their excellent subject knowledge.
Headteacher Mike Wade said:
"The Ofsted process was a great challenge, as it should be, but it was a hugely positive one. Over the two day inspection, the inspectors saw our school as it is every day. We did not need to change displays overnight or change the way that we approach learning; we did not put on a show'or add any airs and graces. The inspectors had the pleasure of witnessing wonderful children, keen to learn and working in true partnership with a brilliant team of teachers and support staff. I told the pupils about the impending inspection and asked them to do no more than to behave and work as hard as they always do. We are all Quiltonians - we strive to impress all who visit our school. We were moved by the level of parental support over the two days, the kind words and encouraging messages. During the inspection, I felt just how strongly parents were keen for us all to get the outstanding that we deserved: children, their families and staff alike. The sense of togetherness was hugely moving for us. I am both lucky and blessed to work in a school with such an amazingly talented and exceptionally dedicated team of staff, a selfless, talented group of governors who give up so much of their time freely, an incredibly supportive group of parents and a wonderful, hard-working group of pupils who bring excitement and enthusiasm into their school every day."
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