Ofsted gives ‘outstanding’ top marks to Bethnal Green Academy pupils and staff

Bethnal Green Academy's head Mark Keary

Bethnal Green Academy's head Mark Keary - Credit: Archant

Government school inspectors have given ‘top marks’ to the first secondary school in London’s deprived East End to convert to ‘Academy’ status.

They judged Bethnal Green Academy ‘Outstanding’ in all categories, according to Ofsted’s report announced today (Mon).

The former Bethnal Green Technical College was transformed from ‘Special Measures’ in 2007 to ‘Outstanding’ in its latest Ofsted inspection last month.

It is the only Tower Hamlets secondary so far to achieve ‘outstanding’ in all categories, under the New Ofsted Framework.

Students’ are described as “remarkable” while their behaviour is said to be “excellent” in and out of lessons.

The Principal is recognised as an “inspirational leader” and teachers are praised for being “ambitious for all students.”

Pupil achievement in Key Stage 3 and 4 in Year-11 were higher than the national average—even though most youngsters start at the school below average.

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Head teacher Mark Keary was singled out as “an inspirational leader with vision, passion and dedication” while his staff were recognised as very committed.

“The inspection was an exhausting two days for staff and students,” he admitted. “The school was challenged at all levels.

“But it places Bethnal Green among the best academies and schools in the country—yet serving one of the most deprived areas.

“Background, place of birth or post code need never be an obstacle in fulfilling dreams and aspirations.”

Many of its pupils arrive in Britain from abroad with little or no English. Others have a history of disfunction in other schools that have led to expulsion.

But its policy is finding “the key to unlock the potential of every child.” It accepts “no excuses” and has high expectations about behaviour and attitudes towards others.