Woodside Primary Academy in Walthamstow, which teaches 933 children, has been taken out of special measures

Headteacher Shane Tewes and children at Woodside Primary Academy.

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The largest primary school in Waltham Forest is no longer failing, according to Ofsted.

Woodside Primary Academy has been classified as 'requiring improvement', after being placed under special measures in 2012.

The school, which currently has 993 pupils across two sites, was stripped of its ‘good’ rating as a tougher inspection regime was introduced, with teaching described as weak.

Pupil achievement was deemed unsatisfactory and expectations were said to be too low.

However, the school, where more than two-thirds of children speak English as a second language, has now been praised for raising standards.

But it was told the quality of teaching must improve further and pupils’ achievements in maths and English must be raised.

The school was also told to ensure new staff share the high aspirations of senior staff and all children behave well n class.

More than two-thirds of children at the school speak English as a second language.

Headteacher Shane Tewes, who was appointed in September: “We are delighted that Woodside is no longer in Special Measures and is well on its way to being recognised as a Good school.

“The Inspectors praised the splendid work of our Senior Leadership Team to raise standards of teaching and learning in the school since last September and the good progress that the vast majority of our children have made in a relatively short time thanks to the hard work of our dedicated staff and support of parents.

“The inspectors made it clear to us that we now have to keep up our efforts in order to reach our next target, which is to be recognised as a Good school and we will certainly be doing that.”

Inspectors described the school staff as “highly ambitious” and children’s willingness to learn was recognised.

The report states: “The school is led by an extremely capable head teacher who has implemented many important changes that are having a positive impact in creating a culture where teaching and good behaviour can flourish.”

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