Forest Gate headteacher ‘honoured’ by recognition from Ofsted boss

Headteacher of Forest Gate Community School Simon Elliott

Headteacher of Forest Gate Community School Simon Elliott - Credit: Archant

Forest Gate Community School’s headteacher has called praise from the outgoing head of Ofsted an “honour” and “flattering”.

Sir Michael Wilshaw discussed the school, which went from requires improvement to outstanding earlier this year, in his final report.

It read: “After establishing a culture of high expectations for all pupils’ achievement, the headteacher and restructured senior leadership team have transformed the school.

“Fundamental to this transformation was the delegation of greater power to middle leaders. As lead professionals, they provided support and challenge to their teams, including through regular ‘surgeries’, strong performance management and intensive personal support programmes.”

Mr Elliott, who joined the Forest Lane, Forest Gate school in 2011, said: “It is a real to honour to be mentioned in Sir Michael’s final report.

“Whilst it is personally very flattering, the real credit should go to the wonderfully supportive parents, the dedicated and hard-working teachers and of course our brilliant students.

“The journey this school has taken in the five years I have been head has been quite a remarkable one.”

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He added: “We are very fortunate to live and work in one of the most incredibly diverse places in the country.

“Yes, the people who live here face challenges but they share a belief with this school that it should be no barrier to success.

“The life chances of pupils is dramatically increased by attending this school which is something we are extremely proud of.”