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St Mary Cray Primary avoids special measures relapse to be rated as ‘good’

PUBLISHED: 10:45 02 June 2016 | UPDATED: 10:45 02 June 2016

Jo Johnson MP with members of the school’s senior management team and pupils from the School Council.

Jo Johnson MP with members of the school’s senior management team and pupils from the School Council.

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The school became an academy in 2014

A St Mary Cray primary school that teaches a high proportion of disadvantaged children has successfully turned around to be rated as good.

St Mary Cray Primary Academy had been put under special measures in 2009 and was in danger of falling back into the lowest Ofsted banding after it received a ‘requires improvement’ rating in 2013.

Since the report, the school, which has a high proportion of students with special educational needs, became an academy in 2014.

In November last year, the school was said to be functioning at a ‘good’ level by education charity Challenge Partners.

Local MP Jo Johnson visited the school on May 27 and was given a tour by staff at the school, as they spoke of their aims to receive Ofsted’s highest rating of ‘outstanding’.

The Conservative MP said: “St Mary Cray Primary Academy is a fantastic example of where the government’s programme of academisation is working to improve the education and prospects of young people in our country, in this case for some of Bromley’s most disadvantaged.

“It was a pleasure to be shown around by the new Head Teacher, Mr Lowing, and his team. Not only was I thrilled to see the impressive progress that has been made over the last 18 months, but I was excited to learn of his drive and aspiration to ensure that these developments are secured into the future.”

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