Merton Bank earns high praise from inspectors

Merton Bank
Merton Bank

A SCHOOL that went into special measures three years ago has now been described as outstanding in a new Ofsted report.

It is now believed that Merton Bank is one of only five schools in the country to go from special measures to outstanding.

Ofsted Inspector Diane Auton said: “This is an outstanding school. Very high quality teaching combined with the energy, skills, commitment and teamwork of effective practitioners has resulted in rapid improvement over the two years since the last inspection.

“All aspects of provision are now of outstanding quality and outcomes for pupils are excellent. Older pupils understand how much the school has improved. They are very proud of this and are highly motivated to continue to do well.”

Other areas singled out for praise included the outstanding Early Years Foundation Stage which enables pupils to make good progress in Key Stages 1 and 2. There is also extremely effective support for pupils who have special needs and procedures for safeguarding pupils were also described as outstanding.

Behaviour is described as exemplary and the quality of teaching is outstanding with a vibrant and creative curriculum.

Also highlighted was the spirit of the school in which older pupils acted as buddies to younger ones and the community atmosphere of Merton Bank. The inspector added: “In the relatively short period since its last inspection the school’s achievements have been considerable, influenced greatly by the executive headteacher’s outstanding leadership, supported by an effective deputy headteacher and well informed governors which has created a strong team ethos and there is a concerted and highly successful drive for continuous and further improvements.

“Partnership with the federated school (St Mary and St Thomas’) has brought many benefits to Merton Bank, most importantly the opportunity to share the inspired leadership of the executive headteacher. The schools also take frequent and mutually beneficial formal and informal opportunities to share expertise and ideas and this supports on going improvements.”

Councillor Eric Smith, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Learning Services said the report was a credit to pupils, staff, parents and governors who have all gone the extra mile to bring about such rapid improvements. This is a glowing report.”

Kirsty Haw, executive headteacher said, “Everyone involved with both schools was thrilled by the report, it is testament to the hard work and tireless commitment of all staff, who will stop at nothing to ensure the very best education for all children at Merton Bank.”