Jul 11 2012 by Ian Proctor, Harrow Observer
IMPROVEMENTS over the last four years have helped a primary school obtain top marks in its inspection.
Stag Lane Infant and Nursery School in Collier Drive, Edgware, has risen from an overall second best ‘good’ rating in 2008 to ‘outstanding’ in May.
The Rev Matthew Stone, chairman of governors, said: “I am delighted that the school has been recognised as outstanding by Ofsted.
“This is wonderful news and we are very proud of the staff and children.
“The governors remain committed to supporting and challenging the staff as they continue to improve the life chances of each child within the school community.”
The visitors were impressed by the way the school raises children’s academic attainment despite barriers such as 90 per cent of pupils speaking English as a second language, disabilities and Statements of Special Educational Need, and the way it had clamped down on persistent absenteeism.
The report said: “The school’s drive for further improvement is consistent and constant so that since the time of the previous inspection, progress has accelerated rapidly and pupils’ attainment in reading, writing and mathematics has improved each year.
“Because the school promotes their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development very well, pupils grow in self-confidence and achieve extremely well.”
Ofsted award the top outstanding rating for the achievement of pupils, the quality of teaching, the behaviour and safety of pupils, the school’s leadership and management and the only recommendation was for the school to “accelerate progress further by building on the existing best practice to ensure that all pupils consistently respond to and learn from their teachers’ comments for improvement”.
Headteacher Nina Will said: “We strongly believe that children only get one chance at education, so we will continue to build on our successes to ensure that our school continues to provide an outstanding education for every child it serves.”