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Crawley school thrilled after latest Ofsted inspection

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Teacher Mrs Loftus with: Back row (L-R) Nicole, Ayden, Rohan Front row (L-R) Jonah, Anais, Bilal

Teachers, parents and pupils of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Primary School in Langley Green have cause to celebrate after a recent Ofsted inpsection found the schools to be a ‘good school, doing great things, with many outstanding features.’

The school underwent a Section 8 Ofsted Inspection in the run up to Christmas last year.

Section 8 Inspections are used by Ofsted to determine whether or not current gradings remain accurate.  Inspectors cannot change these gradings.  For gradings to be changed, the Inspectors must order a full Inspection (known as a Section 5 Inspection), to take place at some point over the coming 2 years.

The Ofsted Team were very positive about OLQOH (see the full report attached) making just one suggested improvement to the way in which the Reading Programme in EYFS and Key Stage 1 continues to be developed. 

Other than this single action, the Ofsted Team, who visited the School for 2 days in the final week of the Autumn Term, found no further actions for the school to be working to achieve.

Chair of Governors, Maja Jasko, said:

‘We are delighted with this report, which underscores the progress the school continues to make in our continuous pursuit of excellence’. 

Deputy Head Teacher, Jan Miles, went on to highlight the glowing feedback made about the children, staff & Governors of Our Lady’s, which was summed up by lead Inspector, Leah Goulding, in the comments she made in relation to the children ‘being rightly proud to be members of Our Lady’s’.

  Mrs Goulding went on to write:

“The school’s mission of ‘listen, love, learn’ is important to them and they are committed to live by this. Pupils’ conduct around the school is of a high standard and this contributes to a very calm, pleasant atmosphere.  Further, Teachers and School Leaders are relentless in their pursuit for the very best for their pupils; the school’s philosophy that ‘getting better never stops’ runs through everything it does!”

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‘Feed me Seymour!’ Crawley school brings Little Shop Of Horrors to life

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From the moment the lights go down there is a buzz in the auditorium.

Six dancers poised in perfect unison await the build up of the opening number and when those first beats hit and the well rehearsed moves begin you know you are in for a treat.

And when Annie Hitchcock starts the show as Mr Mushnik with his troubled flower shop you are instantly brought into this crazy musical world.

Mr. Mushnik played by Annie Hitchcock.

The Gatwick School may be the youngest secondary school in the town but the talented staff they have brought onboard is very evident in the way the students full potential is wonderfully brought out in public performance.

L-R Wiktoria Nowicka and Joseph Banbury as Audrey and Seymour.

Little Shop Of Horrors has been a roaring success ever since its original film back in 1960. Since then the musical has entertained audiences around the world and when the remake came out in 1986 it brought a whole new lease of life to the story.

It’s a musical that can be a real challenger for a school to put on which is probably why it has already gained so much excitement both amongst students and parents.

Take one ‘geeky’ flower store worker who one day, during a ‘total eclipse of the sun’, discovers a strange talking plant who helps to turn around a struggling business and VOILA! you have the makings of something very original and extremely funny.

Dylan Bendall (L) plays the dark character of Orin Scrivello

The key character of Seymour is played with real gusto by Joseph Banbury who manages to bring the true characteristics of the timid yet secretly brave Seymour to life and who you really feel as he has to contend with all the problems Audrey II brings him.

While Wiktoria Nowicka as Audrey manages to illustrate the naive but loving character even when confronted by the brilliantly nasty dentist Orin Scrivello who is played far too well by Dylan Bendall that you immediately hate the character and can’t wait for the plant to… no I wont say what, you need to watch it to find out.

Katie Steere plays Audrey II.

Taking on the role of Audrey II (the plant) is not an easy task. Shouldering the mammoth task of this character with songs to match, Katie Steere manages to not only bring her own take to the role but invites the audience to join in with some of the biggest numbers of the show, a task that takes some confidence but which she pulls off with apparent ease.

But no show can create an atmosphere without a supporting cast and all of those involved in this production do so with such passion you want to jump up with them and join in.

Director Rosie Townsend and Vince Martin have done an incredible job of engaging as many students as possible within the production and every single one is visually excited and passionate to be involved in it.

But I cannot write a review piece without also mentioning the exceptional work of those backstage whose hard work does not go unnoticed.

Sound Technician Daisy Hitchcock

Daisy Hitchcock on sound, Tyler Kenyon on lighting and Kelly Orchard with makeup are all integral in bringing the production to life and with Muscial Director Katie Boud bringing the voices of the students to life you are left enjoing every single part of this wonderful production.

Lighting technician Tyler Kenyon

To say this is a roaring success of a production would be no lie. It’s a fun, exciting and powerful production and one you should certainly take the whole family to see.

The show starts tonight, 11th Feb and runs 12th and 13th Feb with doors opening at 5:15pm. Tickets are £7 for adults (16+) and £5 for children and you can purchase tickets from the schools website by clicking here.

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