Success for South of the Borough schools

Lovelace Primary School in Chessington has received a ‘good’ rating in its latest Ofsted inspection.

It means that, for the first time ever, all the schools in the South of the Borough Neighbourhood are now either ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’.

The inspection of Lovelace took place in April.  It found that the school, previously rated as ‘requires improvement’, now has Leadership and Management that is ‘outstanding’, and that the rest of the inspection criteria has met the ‘good’ standard.

Councillor Andrea Craig, Lead Member for Children, Youth and Adult Learning at Kingston Council said:

“I am so delighted for Lovelace, its staff and families. Both the Headteacher, his team and the governing body have worked tirelessly to turn the school around.

It is also a fantastic testament to the quality of the partnership working between our schools and our excellent school improvement service.

“The Council has high aspirations for all our children across the borough and we very much hope that by 2018 all our schools will be 'good' or 'outstanding'.”

The Ofsted report stated:

“This is a good school. The headteacher has made an outstanding personal contribution to improving the school. He has ensured that pupils, parents, carers and staff have a shared understanding of the school’s values.

“The ‘can do’ mood inspired by the headteacher has a strong impact on pupils’

behaviour. They are friendly and polite. They get on well with one another. The school promotes their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development strongly.

“The headteacher has improved leadership and management throughout the school.

He has given more adults the chance to take responsibility. All understand their leadership roles and how to work efficiently within the school structure.”