The Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) has named three of Merton’s primary schools in their outstanding schools and colleges list for 2004/2005.
The schools that can lay claim to this prestigious academic honour in Merton are Haslemere Primary School in Mitcham, Wimbledon Chase Primary School in Wimbledon and Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School in Wimbledon.
Schools that are included on the list are chosen on the basis of providing excellent or very good education across the various areas of their curriculum, and their pupils are achieving well academically.
The other factor is invariably the point, that the school has effective leadership in place.
The overall evaluation for the schools concluded that Haselmere is a very good school with many excellent features, Wimbledon Chase is a very good school and Holy Trinity CoFE is a highly successful school, which is very effective and provides very good value for money.
A total of 457 schools, colleges and other educational institutions across England were praised in Her Majesty’s Chief of Schools, David Bell’s report.
Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, Councillor David Chung expressed his delight at Ofsted’s decision to include three of Merton’s schools on this year’s list:
“The inclusion of three of Merton’s schools on Ofsted’s outstanding schools report is testament to the dedication of both teachers and pupils of the three schools.
I would like to pass on my congratulations to all those who have made this possible, in particular the headteachers, as effective leadership is a notable benchmark for being awarded this accolade. We to need explore ways in which we can continue to share good practice across our schools.
It’s a great way to end the Year and it bodes well for further success in the New Year.”
Merton’s Director of Children, Schools and Families, Dave Hill also spoke of his admiration of the three schools:
“This is an excellent achievement for the three schools and is a bona fide good news story that we are happy to revel in.
I’m confident that the schools will maintain their level of hard work and commitment and continue to make significant progress over the coming years.
This will also hopefully serve as a catalyst for other schools in Merton to be included on this list and included in reports, which are designed to find effective practice and leadership in schools.”
Haselmere Primary School is actually in the privileged position of appearing on the outstanding list for the second time.