St. Laurence C of E Junior Academy celebrates their Good Ofsted Result

St. Laurence C of E Junior Academy has been awarded “Good” in all areas following their inspection on 3rd and 4th July. Ofsted has recognised that the school has improved significantly since the last inspection two years ago.

School Leaders and Trustees were praised for developing an “aspirational culture among pupils and staff”. St. Laurence is a popular two form entry Church of England Junior school that takes pupils from 7 to 11 years old and has close links with its local community and church.

Headteacher Michelle Palmer said,

“This is such an accomplishment for the school. The inspectors noted a rapid improvement in pupil outcomes since the last inspection two years ago.  The school has now moved from Required Improvement for total effectiveness to being a Good school in all areas and is well on its way to becoming Outstanding.”

She also stated that,

“The staff and Trustees are so committed to providing the very best education for our children. We have worked so hard to get this result and are determined that together we will become an Outstanding school.”

Senior Leadership team with St. Laurence pupils celebrate their good result. From left: Louise Buckland Assistant Headteacher, Diane Harvey Deputy Headteacher, Linda Sladden SENCO and centre, Headteacher Michelle Palmer with school dog Max

The Ofsted report commented on the strong relationships between staff and pupils:

 “The strong relationships between staff and pupils are a strength of the school and have a very positive impact on the pupils’ learning and behaviour.

The report also noted pupils’ character development as another strength,

 “Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a strength of the school […]Pupils are caring and they are proud of their school community.”

“Pupils’ personal development is good. Pupils are polite, well-behaved and are respectful to one another.”

The report highlighted that pupil outcomes have improved significantly since the last inspection and that pupils now make rapid progress across the school…

“Pupils’ progress has improved significantly and is now strong. Across the school, pupils are making more rapid progress in reading, mathematics and writing than previously. They are prepared well for the next stage of their education.”

Michelle Palmer is excited about the future for the school and its pupils,

“What an exciting time lies ahead for all of us and what a great start to the new academic year!”

Thank you to St Laurence in Thanet Junior Academy for sending us this lovely press release – we are delighted to celebrate your success with our community. It is wonderful to read the truth of your words, the goals for the future and your pride for what you have achieved so far as a team of teachers, students and families.