The RJ Mitchell Primary School, in Hornchurch, has been working in partnership with EdisonLearning since September 2007. Prior to 2005, The RJ Mitchell Primary School experienced a very unsettled period with threatened closure, dropping numbers and a very high turnover of children causing a barrier to achievement. In 2005, an Acting Head Teacher led the school to a Satisfactory Ofsted judgement where it was noted that mobility of children continued to be a barrier to achievement.
EdisonLearning started working with The R J Mitchell Primary School in September 2007, shortly after the appointment of the new substantive Head Teacher. After initial assessment by Achievement Advisers the school was still judged to be in a vulnerable position with regard to pupil attainment and progress.
Over the last ten years, the school has shown measurable, sustained improvement, which has been confirmed by Key Stage outcomes and in Ofsted judgements. This is within a context of growth and increasing diversity, as the school is in the process of expanding to two form entry and, three years ago, established a specialist provision for autistic pupils.
In 2016, 83% of learners met or exceeded age related expectations for Reading, Writing and Maths combined. Progress in Reading placed the school in the comfortably in the top 10% nationally and in the top 20% for Maths and the top half of schools for writing.
The school has been recently inspected and the report highlights the fact that:
“Leaders share the aspirations you have for pupils. They model effectively the school’s values for the staff and pupils. You have a dedicated and passionate team who work hard to ensure that pupils achieve their potential. Consequently, the work of school leaders has secured further improvement.”
Aspects of the Student and Family Support work are also highlighted:
“The school leaders have set up a school and family support system. This is an internal school group that meets to review pupils’ attendance. When concerns over pupils’ attendance are identified, the school provides effective support to ensure that persistent absence is reduced. When the strategies for boosting pupils’ attendance are successful, this results in rapid improvements in pupils’ achievement. Currently, overall attendance is around the national average.”