The following letter was sent home to all parents/ carers on 17 November 2017. The letter shares the good news that a recent Ofsted monitoring inspection has found that the academy is making good progress with its improvement plan. You can also download a copy of the letter.
17th November 2017
In January 2017, when Olive AP Academy – Thurrock was based at our old site in South Ockendon, we were inspected by Ofsted and the overall effectiveness of the academy at that time was found to be inadequate. Inspectors highlighted a number of key areas which needed to be improved.
Since then, we have moved into our fantastic new building and all our staff have been working exceptionally hard to ensure that positive changes have been made to the way we work at Olive AP Academy – Thurrock. I am delighted to be able to tell you that the first Ofsted monitoring inspection of the academy took place on 10th and 11th October 2017 and the inspectors are happy with the progress we are making. I would like to share with you an excerpt of the letter we received from Ofsted on 9th November 2017:
“Special measures monitoring visit of Olive AP Academy – Thurrock
Following my visit with Janet Tomkins, Ofsted Inspector to your school on 10th and 11th October 2017, I write on behalf of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills to confirm my findings. Thank you for the help you gave during the inspection and for the time you made available to discuss the actions that have been taken since the school’s recent section 5 inspection.
The inspection was the first monitoring visit since the school became subject to special measures following the inspection that took place in January 2017.
Having considered all the evidence I am of the opinion that at this time:
Leaders and managers are taking effective action towards the removal of special measures.
The trust’s statement of action is fit for purpose.
The school’s action plan is fit for purpose….
Stefanie Lipinski-Barltrop, Her Majesty’s Inspector”
You can read the full Ofsted monitoring inspection letter on the Ofsted website: https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/140861
This positive monitoring visit and letter from Ofsted is fantastic news for our pupils and our staff. It shows that we are all working effectively to make our academy a great place to work and learn. There is still much more to be done and I am confident that we can achieve great things. We are ambitious for the academy and our pupils. Ofsted will continue to carry out monitoring inspections of the academy over the coming year, providing both support and challenge to our academy. I will continue to share with you updates and news of our progress.
You can read our full Academy Improvement Plan here: https://apthurrock.oliveacademies.org.uk/academy-improvement-plan/
I would also like to take this opportunity to announce the appointment of Robert Bell as the academy’s Deputy Headteacher. Robert is an experienced Senior Leader who brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge to the academy particularly in Outdoor Learning, developing resilience in young people and teaching and learning.
For those who have not been able to visit the new academy building, I would also like to share these photos of our brand new building and the academy in action. If you have any questions, would like to visit the academy or want to know more about our improvement plan please do not hesitate to contact me by calling the academy office on the number below. I am always happy to respond to your queries.
Important academy dates:
Whole school Christmas dinner Tuesday 19th December 2017
Wednesday 20th December 2017 Last day of term – students will be allowed to leave school at 12.30pm (take-away lunches will be made available to student with free school meals)
Tuesday 2nd January 2018 Training day – school closed to students
Wednesday 3rd January 2018 All students in school
Safeguarding children at Olive AP Academy – Thurrock: all staff at our academy take safeguarding children very seriously. All staff have been trained in safeguarding and child protection. If you have any concerns about a child’s wellbeing, bullying or e-safety, please contact the Designated Safeguarding Lead Jeanette Etienne via the academy office.