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School inspection outcomes

Over the past few months, Merton schools have experienced a flurry of Ofsted inspections, with a total of seven schools being inspected (an eighth of the total number of maintained schools, academies and free schools in Merton). 

At the beginning of February, William Morris and St Teresa’s were inspected, and both were judged to remain ‘good’. The report for William Morris identified that the school is one ‘where all pupils, whatever their starting point, are entitled to the highest quality learning experiences’. In St Teresa’s report it was recognised that the school’s ‘dedication and commitment to enabling all pupils to achieve their best means that you have not been complacent in driving further improvements’.

On the 14th March, Ofsted were very busy in the local area when four schools were inspected (Aragon, Hatfeild, Joseph Hood and Pelham). These coincided with a number of inspections in neighbouring boroughs as well, and it is thought that Ofsted were perhaps trying out their new ‘hub’ style inspection process, where a number of schools are inspected in a local area, coordinated by a senior HMI. These schools too were judged to remain good. 

In Aragon, the inspection team recognised that ‘the leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the previous inspection’. At Hatfeild, the letter identified that the leadership team are ‘now driving the school on to the next level’. 

At Joseph Hood, the report drew out how ‘leaders, including governors, challenge each other regularly about the impact of their work on improving pupils’ outcomes’. And at Pelham, it was recognised that leaders ‘have created a school in which pupils feel safe and happy and are eager to learn’.

Towards the end of term both St Thomas of Canterbury and Merton Abbey were inspected. St Thomas of Canterbury was judged to remain good, and that the leadership team ‘have continued to improve the school to fulfil your vision for pupils’ education, academic success and personal development within the Catholic faith’. 

Merton Abbey was judged to require improvement, with strengths in the including the following being identified: ‘headteacher and all staff demonstrate a high level of care for pupils’ and ‘pupils’ behaviour is good. Pupils have positive attitudes to learning in class and conduct themselves well around the school’.

At the beginning of the Summer term, Rutlish School was inspected, and their report is still to be published.

At the moment, 89% of schools are judged to be good or better, which is in line with the national average, but below the average across London.

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