Ofsted inspectors praise Dagenham comprehensive

'Good school': Valerie Dennis smiles for the camera with her pupils. Ofsted inspectors praised Eastbrook for its good...

'Good school': Valerie Dennis smiles for the camera with her pupils. Ofsted inspectors praised Eastbrook for its good leadership, teaching and the achievement of students - Credit: Archant

Secondary pupils are celebrating after receiving a good report from Ofsted.

Eastbrook Comprehensive in Dagenham was given good scores all round, including areas such as management, teaching and pupil achievement following an inspection this month.

The good report represents a turnaround for the school which was in special measures in 2006 and was deemed as “satisfactory” following its previous Ofsted inspection in 2009.

Headteacher Valerie Dennis said: “In the last six years, Eastbrook School has improved year on year, however some people still think of the school through the negative reputation from the past.

“This judgement recognises the great achievements and progress of the students and staff and sets the record straight - This is a good school.”

Ofsted inspectors found that pupil behaviour and the sixth form were good, students made good progress in most subject areas and the majority went into higher education, training or employment.

The inspectorate added that teaching was “good and improving” and leadership was “good and improving strongly”.

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Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas said: “I would like to formally go on record and express my great appreciation and respect for the Eastbrook School leadership, teachers, support staff, students and their families.

“This excellent report is the result of hard work and dedication to achieve success for the young people of Barking and Dagenham.”

Eastbrook School stressed that the Ofsted report highlighted commitment to equality of opportunity among the pupils and staff were commended for their skills in meeting the needs of students with additional needs.

Ofsted said the school in Dagenham Road was not yet outstanding as a small minority of lessons required improvement and students were not always given opportunities to develop their language skills, adding work was not always well matched to their needs.

Barking and Dagenham Cabinet member for children’s services, Cllr John White, said: “I am delighted with the judgement which echoes what we already knew, that Eastbrook School is a good school, ready to take the step to improve further.”