Wandsworth special school delighted with glowing report


Putney’s Greenmead Primary is ‘Outstanding’, says Ofsted

By Christine Dorisamy-Pillai

A special school in Wandsworth has been classed ‘outstanding’ by the independent schools’ watchdog Ofsted.

Greenmead Primary, in Putney, is specifically for children with serious physical and associated learning difficulties, and for those who have profound and multiple learning difficulties.

The inspectors gave a glowing report and were very impressed with the school’s work, commenting that ‘the consistently high quality of teaching means that pupils make excellent progress whatever their starting points’.

Headteacher, Gail Weir, said she was extremely proud of the school.

“We worked really hard with the parents and we have very much a child-centred approach, combined with the expertise of our staff,” she said.

“We always make sure that the children are challenged and we know all the children really well.”

The school also rated well in a parent satisfactory survey with 82% saying their child enjoyed school and 95% saying that they felt the school kept their children safe.

Parent involvement is also very much part of the school’s day-to-day running.

“The key is that we learn from parents and they learn from us. We have an open door policy here and parents are encouraged to come into the school and spend time talking to the teachers,” added Ms Weir.

“We’re going to carry on working hard, we have a high morale within the school, and we never stop. Our vision is based on what we can do to keep moving.”

Nearly 40% of schools in Wandsworth are rated outstanding by Ofsted and over half are rated ‘good’, often with ‘outstanding’ features. All of the borough’s nursery schools and special schools are rated either ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’.

Wandsworth Council schools’ spokeswoman, Councillor Kathy Tracey, said that the report is richly deserved by all the teachers, support staff and pupils at Greenmead.

“Schools across Wandsworth are among the best performing anywhere in the UK state sector. We are determined to build on this success and raise standards even higher,” she said.

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