Outstanding: Hammersmith and Fulham free school gets top marks from Ofsted


Ark Conway was opened two years ago.


By SWLondoner staff

A school in Shepherd’s Bush has become the first free school in the country to be ranked as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

ARK Conway Primary School in Hemlock Road was told this week that it had received outstanding status in all areas of inspection.

It was praised for its ‘high quality teaching that inspires and motivates all pupils to try their best’.

Education Secretary Michael Gove commended the school for its achievements.

“ARK Conway has demonstrated how a brilliant school, with a culture of high expectations, great leadership and inspiring teachers can be truly excellent across the board within two years,” he said.

The free school was the first to open in Hammersmith and Fulham, alongside West London Free School, and becomes only the second primary school in the borough to have received outstanding judgements in all areas.

“We are delighted that the hard work and dedication of staff, parents and pupils have been recognised by Ofsted,” said head teacher Damian McBeath.

“From the outset, we have focused on delivering the highest-quality education for our pupils. They are happy, inspired to learn and making incredible progress.”

Free schools are state funded but independent of local authority, and can be set up by groups including parents, charities and teachers.

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