18 October 2009

'Inspiring' St John the Divine Primary School given top marks in inspection

Lambeth's St John the Divine Primary School located on Camberwell New Road has been praised as one of the top 20 schools in England.

The government school inspectors OFSTED have praised the school calling it “a gem of a school” and listed it as one of the “20 outstanding primary schools excelling against the odds". The praise marks a dramatic turnaround for the school over the past 15 years and the staff, pupils and parents at the Lambeth Borough Council run school have all been praised for their part in transforming the educational opportunities of local children.

Speaking of the top 20 schools Her Majesty Chief Inspector Christine Gilbert said 'Through their passion and professionalism these schools provide great service to children and young people. They show other schools how they can reduce the achievement gap between pupils from different backgrounds. Children are treated as individuals and have the support and expectation to achieve. Staff are passionate about finding ways of doing things better, with a relentless focus on progress in children’s learning. High quality leadership ensures no effort is spared to give pupils a strong foundation."

She added "It is our aim at Ofsted to identify and share better practice to support improvement. Many of the stories in this report are inspiring. They show how schools, regardless of their context can help young people make something of their lives. I hope that other schools will find it useful and inspiring too."

Congratulations to everyone at St John's!

See the OFSTED press release and report on the school
Evening Standard article on the school