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Article by Alasdair Hooper: The Billericay School has maintained its “good” rating from Ofsted following an inspection in May.

The School Road secondary school was inspected over the course of two days last month as Ofsted inspectors visited every faculty and department.

Following the inspection – in which over 80 lessons were observed – the official report gave the school a “good” rating in all categories under the new more rigorous inspection framework.

It maintains the school’s rating from a previous inspection in 2013 and it is the second highest rating Ofsted can award, with the top being “outstanding”.

In their report, inspectors specifically praised the school’s “high quality curriculum and careers guidance” and also recognised that the school “cares deeply about the pupils”.

The inspection report went on to say that the school has a “clear and focused plan” driven by the headteacher to achieve “success for all”.

The quality of the teaching, learning and assessment was also highlighted as a key strength of the school.

Also recognised was the support for the school from the parental surveys gathered during the inspection, with pastoral care identified as a particular strength.

One parent commented that:

“it has been a pleasure to see my daughter blossom since she started at the school”

and inspectors noted that the practices they saw reflected many of the positive comments from parents.

“We are very pleased to have received a “good” rating from Ofsted as it reflects the hard work and dedication our staff and students show every day,”

said headteacher Ahson Mohammed.

“The report highlighted a number of strengths of the school, including the quality of teaching and learning and the way in which school leaders, governors and trustees work together. This reflects our ethos of working hard as a team so students have the best opportunities to take the next step in their lives."

Article by Alasdair Hooper, EssexLive

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