George Eliot Primary School, in St John’s Wood, has won the coveted Times Educational Supplement Outstanding School of the Year award. It completes a dramatic turnaround after the infants school was placed in special measures in 2009, leading to it joining up with the primary under the stewardship of headteacher Beatrix Simpson.
Ms Simpson said: “Respect is very important to me. When I came here children were throwing stones at each other in the playground. Now children are respectful of each other.”
The school’s 445 pupils were made up of a “challenging demographic” with more than half receiving free school meals, nine out of ten speaking English as a second language and 26 per cent having special educational needs.
The TES judge said the school was “impressive not just for the results but for the richness of school life”.