Twickenham School on Percy Road was praised by the Department for Education for their work to make improvements.

An OFSTED report has praised the leadership of Assal Ruse, headteacher of Twickenham School, and the progress made by her pupils and staff.

The school has been rated 'requires improvement' and is no longer 'inadequate' according to Ofsted.

It reads: “The headteacher inspires staff at all levels to do the very best for pupils.

“Many pupils make good progress because they are increasingly well-taught. Pupils are highly respectful of their teachers and confident that they are supported well.

“Leaders have tackled inadequate teaching decisively and improvements are extremely well-led across the school”.

Positive feedback also included improvements to pupil attitude and behaviour and teaching.

Ms Ruse said: “I am so proud of our students. I am pleased that Ofsted has recognised the significant improvements since our last inspection.

“We were left with an extremely challenging legacy. Leaders across the school have been instrumental in driving improvement which would not have been possible without our dedicated, committed and hardworking staff and Governors.

“We have improved the school but we know that there is still work to be done and we look forwards to parents and staff supporting us to make Twickenham School even better.”

The Richmond West Schools Multi-Academy Trust (RWST) was set up 18 months ago to help support Twickenham School and Hampton High.

The RWST requires both schools to work together to share best practice, economies of scale, joint systems and approaches.

Cllr Penny Frost, Richmond Council's member for children’s services and schools, said: “Over the past few years Twickenham School have worked hard, with the support of the Trust, to drive improvements.

“It was never going to be a quick fix. However, this report shows that things are definitely heading in the right direction.

“There is much more to do, but this is good news for those school communities. I look forward to working with them to drive further improvement over the next few years."