‘Unprecedented’ triumph for outstanding Newham school

Pupils at Cleves Primary School, in Arragon Road, which was rated Outstanding

Pupils at Cleves Primary School, in Arragon Road, which was rated Outstanding - Credit: Archant

A school is celebrating an exceptional turnaround as it jumped two whole grades in a recent Ofsted inspection.

Cleves Primary School, in Arragon Road, shot from the second-worst ranking – “requires improvement” – to the best, “outstanding”, in two years.

“It is almost certainly unprecedented in Newham,” Tom Canning, the school’s executive head teacher, said. “Only six schools across London have managed this. There has been such a joy and an excitement here.”

Tom Canning leads the Boleyn Federation of Schools, which also includes Tollgate Primary School, in Barclay Road, Plaistow.

“No one thought we could do this two years ago,” he said. “But we changed the aspirations of the pupils and the teachers.


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“We were unrelenting that good wasn’t good enough for a school like this – and it has paid off.”

Tom also heaped praise on the school’s “instrumental” head teacher, Sarah Lack, who came over from Tollgate.

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