Ernest Bevin College rated ‘outstanding’

Published: Monday 14th November 11

Staff and students at Ernest Bevin College have been celebrating after Ofsted inspectors rated the school ‘outstanding’ in a new report.

Inspectors spent two days at the Tooting secondary at the beginning of October, where they observed 45 lessons in order to assess students' progress and attainment, and judge teachers' performance.

The two main categories, 'Overall effectiveness: how good is the school' and 'The school's capacity for sustained improvement' were subsequently both judged to be at the highest level - outstanding.

In their recently-published report, Ofsted inspectors praised the "diverse, cohesive and harmonious" college community, and noted: "Ernest Bevin students are interested, enthusiastic learners who enjoy college. They engage wholeheartedly with the challenging targets they are set."

In a letter addressed to students, Ofsted inspector Christine Raeside wrote: "You are encouraged to aim high; challenging targets are set for you and your teachers expect you to achieve them. More importantly, however, you expect yourselves to achieve them.

"The improvements you have made over the years in the most vital core aspects of learning are exceptional: your attendance; your attainment in English and mathematics, as well as examination results overall; your readiness for work or the next stage of learning; and the development of your sixth form as a thriving place of study. We congratulate you on all of your achievements."

Mike Chivers, co-principal of Ernest Bevin, said: "This Ofsted report recognises the significant improvements in both examination results and of the teaching and learning that takes place in our college.

"It represents a lot of hard work by the staff and most importantly the young people who come to school here and they should all feel very good to have these achievements recognised by Ofsted."

Councillor Kathy Tracey, the council's cabinet member for education and children's services, added: "This outstanding rating is fantastic news for the students and staff at Ernest Bevin, who deserve to be praised for their hard work.

"In Wandsworth, 30 out of 80 nursery, primary, secondary and special schools and Pupil Referral Units have received outstanding ratings following Ofsted inspections.

"This means Wandsworth has one of the highest numbers of outstanding-rated schools in London . These ratings demonstrate our commitment to ensuring our young people have access to the highest standards in education."

This month, Ofsted gave Wandsworth the maximum four star rating for the quality of its entire range of children's services for the seventh year in a row. Only two other local authorities in England have received the same consistently high score from Ofsted over the same period.

In its annual assessment of children's services, the independent watchdog said: "Children's services in the London Borough of Wandsworth perform excellently."

Ofsted - the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills - is an independent body inspecting and regulating schools and services which care for children and young people, and reporting findings to Parliament.

Ernest Bevin is a community college for boys in Tooting, with 1,300 pupils on roll. Its sixth form centre admits girls and boys and currently has 375 students. To read the Ofsted report in full visit

Learn more about schools and education opportunities in Wandsworth.

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