Remarkable turnaround for Selborne
Staff and pupils at Selborne School on the Medway estate in Perivale are celebrating after getting a very special letter from the Education Minister.
They've been congratulated for coming in the top 1% of the country for progress.
The result is remarkable as in 2008 when the new head, Barbara Ann Smith arrived the results had been a cause for concern and the school was placed in the bottom 2% nationally.
Changes were immediately made and the school emblem, the swallow, was rotated so that it soared upwards - symbolising the start of the climb to success.
The school adopted a “can do” attitude and combined with hard work, determination, innovation, teamwork and not accepting anything but the best the school has seen results continually improve over the last four years.
Mrs Smith, headteacher and Mr Manya, Chair of Governors are both thrilled and say that they are incredibly proud of the children and staff who work tirelessly to break down barriers to learning. The result is excellent teaching and learning. They also praised the governors since 2008 for their continual challenge and support as well as the parents and wider school community who have worked with the school to ensure that everyone can achieve.
There are over 25,000 primary schools in the UK and Selborne is now one of the top 250 in the UK for progress.
The future continues to look bright for the school with the impending opening of a new unit for children on the autistic spectrum and the recently increased “state of the art” nursery provision
In September 2014 Selborne will also be one of the new providers of teacher training in collaboration with Brunel University and the “Schools Direct” programme.
22nd January 2014