Burlington Danes 'satisfactory and improving'
Ofsted inspectors give the school the all-clear
Burlington Danes School has been hailed "satisfactory and improving" by Ofsted inspectors, who have taken the school out of 'special measures'.
The clean bill of health from inspection body Ofsted comes a year after new headteacher Spokey Wheeler arrived at the school. Inspectors, who visited Burlington Danes last month, say there have been significant improvements since the school's last full Ofsted inspection two years ago.
The report says: "Following two years of renewal and focused effort by staff, governors, the local authority and the London Diocesan Board, the school is now providing a satisfactory and improving standard of education, and is benefiting from stable staffing and effective leadership.
Headteacher Spokey Wheeler said: "This is a really strong endorsement of the transformation which has taken place at Burlington Danes School. Staff, students and everyone associated with the school have pulled together to bring about dramatic change. I came here with the firm belief that Burlington Danes had enormous potential - and we are now well on the way to fulfilling that promise."
The school's staff and governors have been strongly supported by advisers from Hammersmith & Fulham Council's education department and the council is backing plans by Burlington Danes to become a City Academy in September, which will help bring about further improvements at the school.
Cllr Alexandra Robson, cabinet member for education, said: "This is a remarkable turnaround for Burlington Danes School. It is thanks to the hard work of Mr Wheeler, his staff, governors and parents as well as the support of the council. The plan to establish a City Academy at Burlington Danes offers a great opportunity to build on this progress and the council's new administration is committed to working with and supporting Burlington Danes School in their quest to improve exam results significantly."
Among the changes praised in the Ofsted report are:
June 8, 2006