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Global hit! Ofsted gives school first highest rating

26 May, 2017 — By Emily Finch

Aksheya and Yasmina, both 10

CHILDREN and parents gathered to celebrate multiculturalism at Ambler Primary School, which was given an “outstanding” rating by Ofsted on Tuesday.

During the event last Thursday, parents from New Zealand to Sudan cooked food for children celebrating “One World Day” with Dutch waffles and jerk chicken proving a huge hit.

Aksheya, 10, treated her school friends to a South Indian dance, while her mother clapped and sang along.

The school runs many celebration events throughout the year, including a big summer fair in July.

Belle, 6, and Pearl, 8

“It used to be me and the admins organising these fairs but now it’s all the parents,” said headteacher Juliet Benis. She said the hard work and support shown by parents helped the school reach the highest Ofsted rating.

“When they gave us the feedback, when I first heard the word ‘outstanding’, a great big tear fell down,”she said.

This is the first “outstanding” the school has received.

Ms Benis has been headteacher at the school for nine years. She said:“When I took over, my big focus was to raise standards. In order to do that I was unrelenting of the quality of teachers I took on. Rather than take a gamble, I only employed good to outstanding teachers.”

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