Gatton Primary Schooexcelled in its Ofsted inspection putting it in the 17% of all maintained primary schools in the country
Elham Asaad Buaras
Britain’s first Voluntary Aided Muslim primary school has achieved an outstanding Ofsted report, the highest rating from the education inspectorate body.
Gatton Primary School in Tooting, Wandsworth, excelled in all 5 areas – putting it in the 17% of all maintained primary schools in the country to have achieved the top grade from Ofsted.
The school was praised for its strong leadership in improving teaching and the impact this has had on learning. They noted how pupils display a thirst for knowledge and show great enthusiasm for learning, spurring learning and progress forward.
The school has improved on its last Ofsted grading of ‘good’ in 2009. This huge improvement has been made despite the bar on standards being raised.
In a statement to The Muslim News school Head Teacher, Rifat Batool, said: “We have been striving to achieve the highest grade for the past few years. I believe in delivering high quality learning experiences as well as developing pupils who are well grounded in strong moral values. It is to this end that the whole school community has been striving to deliver the best – all day, every day. Everybody has played their part very well, from the staff to the children, parents and governors, and without them we wouldn’t be where we are.”
Inspectors found the quality of teaching, achievement and standards, behaviour of pupils and leadership and management to be of the highest standard, leading to the ‘outstanding’ grade being awarded in all areas.
Chair of the Board of Trustees, Sir Iqbal Sacranie, also spoke and said: “We are pleased that the vision articulated to the Council in 2002 – when submitting our VA application – has been accomplished. I believe the strong partnership between the Trust, governing body, head teacher, staff, parents, pupils, local community and the Local Authority has resulted in this remarkable success story.”