Gatton Primary Press Release
Gatton Primary School in Tooting, Wandsworth is the first Islamic VA primary school in the country to achieve ‘Outstanding’ 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. Gatton Primary School was awarded the highest rating following its latest inspection from the education inspectorate body Ofsted.
Ofsted praised the 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.
Head teacher Ms 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.
Gatton School’s Ofsted report highlighted the following areas:
- The head teacher and governors are highly ambitious for the school and are continually in the pursuit of excellence.
- The school prepares its pupils very well for success in their future education. All groups of pupils make outstanding progress in reading, writing and mathematics.
- Attainment is above average and rising.
- Teachers have high expectations and set work that is challenging for all groups of pupils.
- The skilled team of support staff makes a major contribution to the pupils’ learning.
- Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary and they are unfailingly courteous, thoughtful and polite to each other and adults.
- The head teacher is relentless in her determination for the school to remain on a path of continuous improvement. She is surrounded by a strong team of senior leaders.
- The governing body is highly effective and has an ambitious vision for the school’s future.
Ofsted confirmed that the frequent trips and visitors broaden the pupils’ experiences considerably, generating great enthusiasm for learning. Chair of the Board of Governors Mr Farouk Valimahomed said: “As a community we’re really delighted with this outstanding Ofsted rating. Together with the head teacher we shall continue to strive in our journey of excellence as we always aim for the best in all that we do.” In recognition of this great achievement the founding body of the school- the Al-Risalah Education Trust organised a celebratory dinner on Friday 21st March to thank the staff body for their exemplary efforts and achievement.
The Board of Trustees invited key members from Wandsworth Council which included Leader of the Council, Councillor Ravi Govindia, Councillor Kathy Tracey (Cabinet member -Education and Children’s Services) and the Director of Children’s Services Mr Paul Robinson.
The Board of Governors, staff, senior staff from other trust schools, community leaders and well-wishers from the local community also attended this event. Both Paul Robinson and Councillor Kathy Tracey addressed the event and spoke of the Council’s great joy and happiness with the school’s achievement. 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.”