Strand on the Green Infant and Nursery School praised for improvements by Ofsted

The popular Strand on the Green Infant and Nursery School in Chiswick has been highlighted for raising educational standards and making good progress, following the latest inspection by Ofsted. The Government inspectors have also especially praised progress and provision in early years.

The report on the latest inspection singles out the Headteacher, Mrs Jeanette Davies, for her ‘considerable resolve in pushing through improvement’ since her appointment as headteacher in 2000. Improving standards within the school have been as a direct result of new policies implemented by Mrs Davies.

The report also applauds Mrs Davies for her “clear vision” of how to move the school forward. The school now has “a cohesive and stable team of teachers” who strongly share Mrs Davies’s vision for the development of the school, the report says.

Mrs Cassandra Barker, chair of the Governing Body of the school, said: “I am very pleased that the inspection team recognised the hard work that has taken place, putting the school in a strong position to move forward.”

The inspection team found that the school offers good support to pupils with special educational needs and those with English as an additional language. Its procedures for ensuring pupils’ welfare were also rated as “good”. The school’s nursery comes in for special praise.

Overall, the report says, the leadership and management of the school, and the teaching it provides, is “satisfactory”, with strengths far outweighing weaknesses.

The Governing Body will be presenting its Action Plan to deal with issues raised in the report to parents in early October. The inspection team highlighted some issues concerning the premises, though these had already been recognised by the school and Governing Body, and an action plan is already in place.

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