Good Ofsted news for Bexhill primary school

Headteacher James Freestone with pupils from King Offa School, Bexhill celebrating after a recent OFSTED inspection that removed the school from 'Special Mesaures'.
Headteacher James Freestone with pupils from King Offa School, Bexhill celebrating after a recent OFSTED inspection that removed the school from 'Special Mesaures'.

KING OFFA Primary Academy no longer needs “special measures” monitoring according to its latest Ofsted report.

Inspectors were at the school on Down Road for two days and found progress had been made since conversion to academy status in September.

The school went into special measures in March 2011.

The report praises “good teaching” which “moves pupils’ learning quickly forward”. It says that attendance is “improving” and that it “meets the national average”, that “pupils feel very safe and well looked after” and that “standards of handwriting are high in all classrooms”.

Ofsted also picks out new Head of School, James Freeston, for making a “busy, purposeful and effective start” since he joined in January of this year.

Mr Freeston said: “I am delighted that this report recognises the hard work and dedication of my staff and the superb attitudes to learning displayed by our wonderful pupils.

“ I am also very proud of the partnership we are building with our parents because it is by working together that we will help all children to succeed.”

The Chair of the Local Academy Board of Governors, Margaret Pleasants, was also praised for being “experienced and knowledgeable” and for her work which “provides clear direction for further improvement”.

Ofsted has however identified issues that the academy still needs to address, most notably the legacy from the predecessor school of underachievement of pupils. However, Ofsted did note that Year 6 pupils are making “good progress” and that reception-aged children are “doing well”.

The academy also needs to ensure that teaching improves still further and that intervention strategies are more accurately targeted at individuals and needy groups. The academy has already developed plans to bring about these improvements.

King Offa Primary Academy is part of the Aurora Academies Trust which Ofsted saw as providing “effective challenge and support” as well as professional guidance.

Mr Tim McCarthy, CEO of the Trust, said: “This report clearly shows that Aurora’s focus on both pupil achievement and the professional development of teachers is starting to pay dividends.

“I am also pleased with inspectors’ praise of our Paragon curriculum which is clearly engaging children in their learning”.