Staff and pupils at an Epping Forest primary school are celebrating their success, after being taken out of Ofsted’s special measures. The Thomas Willingale School, Loughton, was branded inadequate by the education watchdog, for failing to give pupils an education which met national standards. However, just 16 months later, the school has managed to turn things around and has now entered Ofsted’s ‘Good’ banding. School headmistress, Nicky Barrand, who was labelled ‘an outstanding teacher’ in the final report, says that she is delighted by the news. She said: “This is a fantastic achievement in only four terms. “I would like to thank the staff, governors, parents and pupils for their hard work and support in realising this achievement. “We have begun a new journey and will continue to make further improvements, particularly on the areas Ofsted recommended.” The inspection, which took place mid January, found that pupils at the school are making good progress and that attendance has improved, although there are still improvements to be made, especially at Key Stage 1. Rhian Jenkins, from the school’s board of Governors, said that the school deserves the improved rating, as staff and pupils at the Thomas Willingale have worked relentlessly to improve standards . She said: “We are delighted and have to acknowledge the hard work of staff and pupils in securing this outcome.”
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