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Outstanding behaviour at Roydon Primary School

Roydon OfstedRoydon Primary School in Harlow, Essex is a Good school with children whose behaviour is Outstanding, according to Ofsted.

Just three years after going into Special Measures, the school has impressed visiting inspectors.

The school joined the Burnt Mill Co-operative Academy Trust (BMAT) when it was deemed to be a failing school.

The team – lead by head of school Gill Doyle – achieved the latest result by ensuring only the best teachers are put in front of children and by creating a culture of positive behaviour and respect.

Mrs Doyle, who joined the school in 2012 and has now taken up a new role outside of the Trust said: “I am very, very proud of my staff who work tirelessly every day for the betterment of the children in our care. Our children’s behaviour during the visit was, as ever, impeccable; they learned well, played well and they conversed with the inspectors in a mature and responsible manner.

“This school has been turned around with absolute and total commitment to teaching and learning. We have high expectations of our children and staff and have a continuous dialogue with our staff, children and parents about how the school can improve further. It has been achieved with a highly skilled and committed staff who have produced great kids.

“Children have one shot at their education so we have a duty to make it the best it can be.”

Ofsted inspectors, who visited for two days, said in their report:

  • Pupils’ behaviour is Outstanding. They behave impeccably in and out of lessons where they are invariably highly attentive.
  • Teaching is consistently good across both key stages and early years. Teachers are ably supported by an effective team of teaching assistants. Consistently, pupils are making good progress and standards are rising.
  • Pupils take considerable responsibility for their learning and behaviour. They quickly become engrossed in tasks they undertake and respond well to the help provided by teachers and teaching assistants.
  • Pupils accept criticism without fuss and use it as a learning tool. They happily work together and support each other in class time and break times.

The news follows fellow BMAT school Freshwaters Primary Academy being given the same Good grading by Ofsted in May and a number of areas of Cooks Spinney Primary also being judged to be Good in June.

Helena Mills, head of BMAT schools, is thrilled with the result. She said: “BMAT started because Roydon went into special measures and the DfE asked us to become a sponsored academy. So together, myself and Gill started something very special which is helping transform the educational experiences of children beyond our two schools.

“The report is further evidence that groups of schools working together and living by the co-operative principle of solidarity is transformational. It is particularly great to see the Outstanding grade for behaviour and safety. Safe, engaged and well behaved children are the key ingredients of BMAT schools.

“I am looking good forward to seeing Roydon develop into an Outstanding school in all areas over the next two years with the new head Jenni Elliott. We have already started planning what we need to do to become outstanding in all areas.”

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