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Clerkenwell school celebrates ‘outstanding’ success

Hugh Myddelton Primary School receives its first "Outstanding"

10 July, 2017 — By Emily Finch

Primary School pupils taking part in sports day fun and games: Hannah, Amelie, Leah and Sara

TEACHERS and parents were celebrating this week after their school in Clerkenwell was rated “Outstanding” by inspectors.

On the day headteacher Nathalie Parker joined Hugh Myddelton Primary School in June 2014 she received a warning notice from the Town Hall saying the school would come under its control unless test results were vastly improved.

Ofsted results from an inspection in June published this week rated the school in Myddelton Street “outstanding” in all five categories including in the quality of teaching and effectiveness of leadership. “It’s really exciting,” said Ms Parker. “Before, there was a leadership crisis, high turnover of staff, and morale of the pupils and families were low. SATs results were also low.”

Heateacher Nathalie Parker with school deputy Tim Barber holding their “Outstanding” Ofsted report 

The school has 450 pupils with 61 per cent of students receiving free school meals. “We have had meetings from 7am every day for the past three years. A photo of Hugh Myddelton every child’s face is on the wall, we talk about them all the time and we talk about each child’s individual needs,” said Mr Barber.

Parents who gathered for a Year 1 and 2 sports day on Wednesday were also delighted by the new Ofsted rating. Ashton Lacken said: “There’s been a massive difference here. I live in the local area and you used to hear nothing but bad things about the school. I was a bit apprehensive about sending my kids here. I think Miss Parker has had a massive difference on the school. She gives everyone the Headteacher Nathalie Parker with school deputy Tim Barber motivation, right down from the staff to the kids.”

Ms Parker will leave her headteacher position in September to become the executive headteacher of both Hugh Myddelton and the nearby Winton Primary School. Mr Barber will take up her post.

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