George Eliot Primary School wins Times Education­al Supplement Outstand­ing School of the Year award.

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”.

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