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Penge primary school recovers from special measures standing to be rated as 'outstanding' by Ofsted

PUBLISHED: 12:20 31 May 2016 | UPDATED: 13:01 31 May 2016

Harris Primary Academy Kent House has been rated by Ofsted as 'outstanding'

Harris Primary Academy Kent House has been rated by Ofsted as 'outstanding'

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Harris Primary Academy Kent House replaced Royston Primary School

A primary school in Penge has recovered from being plunged in to special measures four years ago and has now been rated as ‘Outstanding’ in an Ofsted report.

Harris Primary Academy Kent House replaced the Royston Primary School, which had been placed in special measures in 2012.

The regulator was critical of the school, in particular the level of maths education for pupils aged between seven and 11.

The academy replaced Royston Primary School in September 2013.

Summarising its latest inspection of the school, Ofsted stated: “The focus and drive of the principal and her senior leadership team have dramatically improved the school since its predecessor closed less than three years ago.

“Pupil’s attitudes towards their learning, the school and each other are exceptionally positive. Their behaviour is excellent.

“During lessons, pupil’s enjoyment is visible. They are keen to start on time and become absorbed in their work.”

Principal at the academy Samantha French, said: “Our pupils, parents and staff have known for a while that there has been a huge turnaround at this school, but we have had to wait a while to have the confirmed by Ofsted.

“This is a lovely reward for everyone’s hard work over the past three years.

Chief executive of the Harris Federation, which has provided support and resources to the school, Sir Dan Moynihan, said: “I am incredibly proud of staff and pupils at Kent House primary for achieving this brilliant report.

“This is now a thriving and popular school that, as Ofsted says, ensures no child is left behind.”

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