Dagenham headteacher praised for ‘clear vision’ in glowing Ofsted report

Henry Green Primary School was upgraded to "good" in an Ofsted inspection published yesterday (Febru

Henry Green Primary School was upgraded to "good" in an Ofsted inspection published yesterday (February 27). Picture: Google Maps. - Credit: Google Earth

A primary school where only a third of pupils speak English as a first language has been upgraded to “good” in every area.

Youngsters at Henry Green Primary School in Dagenham make “exceptionally strong progress” in their writing, an Ofsted report published yesterday notes.

Inspectors praised headteacher Paramjit Roopra’s ambition, remarking on her “clear vision” and her “unremitting drive for further improvement evident throughout the school”.

The report notes a clear change at the school since changes to the leadership team following the previous inspection in 2014.

“The school’s transformation is evident to all and encapsulated by parents,” it states, quoting one who said the school had been through a “great journey”.

The quality of teaching at the Green Lane school is also “successful”, inspectors found following visits in November and January.

“Great strides” have been made in improving the teaching of writing, while reading attainment in key stage 1 was above average.

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Pupils also talk “animatedly” about art and enjoy sport at the school, including newly introduced activities such as judo.

Meanwhile the school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is described as “oustanding”.

Pupils are “kind” to each other, with “warm and caring” relationships between staff and pupils.

The “very positive ethos” includes an example of how an older pupil helped a younger pupil put his coat on a coat peg just out of reach.

On one of just two areas for improvement, the report suggests the most able pupils in mathematics should be offered more opportunities to use their skills in problems across the curriculum.

But the overwhelmingly positive report noted the school had a improved quality of teaching, learning and assessment with governors “unwavering in their drive for improvement”.

It adds: “The emphasis given to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through the curriculum prepares pupils well for their future roles as members of a community.”