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Thumbs up for Kentish Town school

PUBLISHED: 11:25 02 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:45 07 September 2010

A KENTISH Town primary is on the up, according to its latest Ofsted inspection. Brecknock primary achool has been rated good overall and its new early years centre, which was inspected for the first time, was deemed outstanding. Headteacher Susan Ladipo p

A KENTISH Town primary is on the up, according to its latest Ofsted inspection.

Brecknock primary achool has been rated good overall and its new early years centre, which was inspected for the first time, was deemed outstanding.

Headteacher Susan Ladipo put the great result down to an excellent leadership team and hard-working, dedicated teachers.

She said: "We are very pleased indeed. The school was thoroughly gone through and we were found to be good in all areas and outstanding in the early years, which we are delighted with.

"We have a really strong team of teachers and throughout the school the teaching is good or outstanding. We are over the moon."

Inspectors said the headteacher provided clear educational direction for the school and had steered it through a period of turbulence with many staff changes.

Although children enter the school with levels of skills, knowledge and understanding that are well below those usually expected for their age, the report found they settled well and make good progress due to good teaching.

Key stage two results this year suggest standards overall are rising and are now in line with national averages, which given pupils' starting points represents good progress.

Ms Ladipo added: "There were a lot of positive comments about the leadership and management and the curriculum.We were also praised for the improvements that have been made to the environment for the children.

"The refurbishment of the early years centre has really impacted well on the children's learning and they are making really good progress.

"Those children are now coming into year one so there will be more significant improvements as those children go through the school.

"Our Sats results this year were also very good and overall we are all very pleased. We work really well together as a team. Our focus is not only on the child's learning but also their emotional well-being.

"If they are happy and safe they can learn much better than children who are worried about things.

"We also work very closely with parents and we have masses of parental involvement with initiatives we have introduced.

"We really think that is the key to moving forward."

The curriculum was deemed to be broad, balanced and flexible and inspectors found a good learning atmosphere in all classrooms, where pupils enjoy discussions, respond to questions confidently and work with enthusiasm.

The report said: "Pupils' social, moral, spiritual and cultural development is good. Pupils are polite, friendly and play happily together.

"They say they enjoy and are proud of their school. They are thoughtful and quick to praise others' achievements."

For further improvement Ofsted inspectors recommended the school raise standards by ensuring regular opportunities for pupils to improve their speaking and listening skills.

They also advised developing pupils' understanding of what they have to do to make progress and ensuring all middle managers contribute effectively to school improvement.


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