Merton schools notch up more Ofsted successes for borough

Merton primary school William Morris has just been rated “good” following its latest Ofsted inspection. Benefitting from the “inspirational leadership” of its head teacher Nathalie Bull, the school has turned itself around and is now a place where children benefit from the staff’s good teaching and a “culture of continuous improvement”.

The school’s transformation is a result of a decision made by the council and the governors at Singlegate and William Morris last year to bring the two schools together under the headship of Nathalie Bull, making her the borough’s first federated school head.

Other schools to score “good” in recent Ofsted inspections are Beecholme and St Thomas of Canterbury in Mitcham and St Teresa’s in Morden. They were all marked as “good” for overall effectiveness, pupils’ achievements, quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management. Beecholme was noted for its pupils “making progress at faster rates than the national average. Ofsted reports pupils at St Thomas of Canterbury as achieving “well through the school” and highlights the successful development of early reading and writing skills. St Teresa’s is enjoying improvements in reading, writing and mathematics and the quality of teaching is “good” throughout the school, and “outstanding” in years 4 and 6.

Merton Council cabinet member for education Councillor Peter Walker said: “This is wonderful news for Merton. This latest rating means that over 80% of Merton’s primary schools are providing “good” to “outstanding” education to its children.

“A major priority for us is ensuring we provide the best possible education to our youngsters. Key to our schools’ success is the quality of teaching and the ability to forge strong relationships with parents and carers. This all goes to foster a love of learning in our children early on in their school career.”


Note to editors

The Ofsted reports for William Morris, Beecholme, St Thomas of Canterbury and St Teresa’s are available on the Ofsted website: