A REMARKABLE turn around has been achieved by a primary school which went from special measures to good - in just a year!

Ofsted gave Meadgate Primary School, in Mascalls Way, Great Baddow, its second highest rating following an inspection last month.

It praised good teaching standards, the leadership team for “galvanising” staff at all levels and the positive attitudes of the pupils.

Since then, the school has linked up with another site, Purleigh Primary School, to form the Eveleigh Link Academy Trust.

Headteacher Joe Figg said it is this partnership which has helped Meadgate improve rapidly - and recommends other schools try it.

Mr Figg said: “Through the trust both schools have been supporting each other by observing the teaching, talking to one another and learning together.

“Meadgate needed changes to be made after the previous Ofsted and I think since the trust was set up just over six months ago it has been a key reason for the improvements.

“Our latest report shows how this type of partnership is the way forward and I think other schools should give it a go as it will help the children get the best education.”

He went onto express his pride at seeing the improvements made by the school over the last year.

“Everyone here is ecstatic,” Mr Figg said.

“Schools do not often jump from being in special needs to good in the time we have and now the pupils are getting the education they deserve.

“Now it is about getting an outstanding rating and continuing to improve.”