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Lewisham super head turns around third school in a row
Super headteacher Dame Vicki Paterson celebrates Lee Manor Primary School's outstanding Ofsted report
A SUPER head who has turned around three Lewisham schools has been praised as "exceptionally skilled" in an Ofsted report.
Dame Vicki Paterson’s latest triumph is boosting Lee Manor Primary School from Ofsted’s satisfactory status to outstanding since she took over as executive headteacher two years ago.
This is the third school judged outstanding under Ms Paterson’s watch as she is also executive head of Brindishe Lee School and Brindishe Green - which she helped turn around from a failing school in 2007.
The teacher-of34-years earned her Damehood after she was honoured in this year’s Queen’s New Year Honours List for services to education.
Following last month’s Ofsted inspection of Lee Manor Primary School, lead Ofsted inspector Kewal Goel said: "The school’s outstanding improvement since the last inspection is due to the exceptionally skilled executive headteacher, the very effective senior leadership team and to high quality teaching."
Inspectors observed 31 lessons for the report which also credited pupils’ achievement, the quality of teaching, pupils’ behaviour and safety, leadership and management and overall effectiveness as outstanding.
Responding to the results, Dame Vicki said: "Lee Manor children responded so well, as they usually do and showed themselves to be enthusiastic, proud and very keen learners.
"Lee Manor staff are very dedicated and often go the extra mile. I think Ofsted recognised this.
"Colleagues from our partner schools Brindishe Green and Brindishe Lee were delighted to see Lee Manor's success and to have been part of its journey to ‘outstanding'.
"For us all it is very rewarding to know that now every child in one of our three schools goes to an outstanding school and has the best opportunity to succeed. And that is simply what it is all about."
Associate headteacher at Lee Manor, Alex Bell, added: "We’re so pleased to see the outstanding judgment especially now that the new inspection regime is even tougher and more demanding.
"We have a great team here at Lee Manor and the children are a delight. We are all very proud of them and very pleased for our local community."
Mayor of Lewisham Sir Steve Bullock said: "This is a fantastic achievement. I’d like to congratulate Dame Vicki, Lee Manor’s staff, governors, parents and children for all their hard work which has resulted in such well-deserved recognition by Ofsted.
"It was a real pleasure to visit the school and see at first hand such highly skilled and dedicated staff doing a brilliant job giving children the very best in primary education.”
To read the full Ofsted report visit ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/100693
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