Aldersbrook Primary School ace Ofsted inspection

Aldersbrook head Misbah Mann, back-left, governor Lady Tracey Adebowale-Jones, back-right-centre, an

Aldersbrook head Misbah Mann, back-left, governor Lady Tracey Adebowale-Jones, back-right-centre, and teacher Dean Gibson, back-right, with pupils celebrating their ofsted report success - Credit: Archant

A school has proven it’s top of the class after it was rated “outstanding” in its latest Ofsted inspection.

Aldersbrook Primary School in Harpenden Road, Wanstead, jumped up two Ofsted ratings, from three – “requires improvement” – to one – “outstanding” – the best possible rating.

The school’s 2013 inspection brought into question the achievement of pupils, quality of teaching and leadership and management, with the children’s progress in English and maths and the “lack of engaging activities” in lessons a cause for concern.

The latest report, released this week, does not highlight any major concerns and praises the headteacher’s “outstanding leadership”, with pupils now making “exceptional progress” due to the school’s “consistently good” teaching.

Aldersbrook headteacher Misbah Mann said: “I’m overwhelmed with the report. I’m very proud of the pupils, the staff, the parents and the governors that have shown their support.

“We just embedded the systems we had into place and gave the teachers a real go with the ideas they’ve had – there has been focus and rigorous monitoring and real engagement from pupils too.”

She said the Ofsted report was a career highlight and attributes the school’s success to extra curricular activities such as the school curiosity shop – where teachers pass down their expertise in anything from cooking to football.

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“The kids are learning more than just maths and English,” said Mrs Mann.

The report said: “Pupils experience a wide range of vibrant learning opportunities. The school provides extremely well for pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural development.”

Pupils now attain higher levels by Year 6.

Mrs Mann said: “It’s nice to be recognised – it’s a huge achievement for us.”

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