Priti celebrates with local school over Ofsted result
Witham MP Priti Patel joined staff and pupils at Howbridge Junior School in Witham to share in the celebrations at the school after it received a ‘Good’ Ofsted result for the first time in more than 15 years.
During her visit, Ms Patel attended an assembly at the school, where the pupils showcased their singing talents and Priti congratulated them on the progress that has been made since the last Ofsted inspection in 2019. She also joined some of the pupils and staff for a group photograph, celebrating the achievement.
Priti said: “I would like to extend my congratulations to all of the staff and pupils who have made this great achievement possible. Supporting the school’s progress to a ‘Good’ rating has been an issue I have been working on with both the school and Vine Schools Trust. Educational standards in Witham have seen significant improvements since 2010, and while there is still more work that we can do to see more schools rated as outstanding, this achievement at Howbridge Juniors is testament to the teachers who work incredibly hard to ensure that pupils have a great day, week and year at school.”
Vine Schools Trust CEO, Emma Wigmore, said, “We are delighted that Dame Patel took the time to pay a visit to Howbridge this morning.
We were over the moon when received the school’s most recent Ofsted report. It was wonderful to see the inspector recognise everything that makes Howbridge a brilliant school. This school has been on a long journey of improvement. The pupils, staff and school community have worked exceptionally hard, and we are proud to have this acknowledged. The school is an integral part of the Witham community, and we are happy that Dame Patel was able to share in this success for the local area.”