South East Essex Academy Trust

Ofsted Delight for Holt Farm Junior School 

Staff and pupils at Holt Farm Junior School on Ashingdon Road in Rochford are celebrating following their recent Ofsted inspection on 27 and 28 February, 2024. Holt Farm has been awarded ‘Good’ ratings across the board. 


Inspectors commented very positively about what it is like to attend Holt Farm Junior School. They said: 

“Holt Farm Junior School provides a happy, caring and welcoming place for pupils. Pupils meet the high expectations set for them. They behave well.” 

“The school is calm and orderly. Pupils get along well together. Relationships between staff and pupils are positive. Pupils are polite and well-mannered.” 

“Pupils access a curriculum that supports them to achieve well. They enjoy learning and try their best in all they do.” 

“Pupils embrace leadership responsibilities in school. They take on roles such as digital leaders, school councillors and senior prefects.” 


Headteacher Claire Richardson said: 

​​​“This is a pleasing and fair report of the school on its journey to even greater heights and our school community is extremely proud of the feedback provided by Ofsted. The whole process was positive and we found it a great way to celebrate the fantastic learning opportunities that take place at Holt Farm Junior. I would like to thank all pupils, staff, parents/carers, the SEEAT team and governors for their ongoing hard work, support and dedication.” ​​​​ 


The school is part of the South East Essex Academy Trust. Chief Executive Andrew Cooper commented: 

“We are delighted with this report which is a good reflection of Holt Farm Junior School – lovely pupils, supportive parents and a great staff team. The school has gone from strength to strength since Mrs Richardson became Headteacher and I know it will continue to do so.” 

You can read the HFJS Ofsted report here.