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A good school? It’s outstanding, say inspectors

London SE1 website team

St Saviour's and St Olave's Girls' Secondary School at Bricklayers Arms has received a glowing report from Ofsted inspectors, who told pupils "your school was one of the best we have ever seen".

The Ofsted report opens with the words: "The school assesses itself as good, with some outstanding features, particularly in promoting the personal development and well-being of the girls. In general, one of the schoolĂ­s great virtues is the sharp clarity of its self-knowledge. Nevertheless, we take issue with the overall conclusion at which it has arrived, though not with the detail of its analysis. This is an outstanding school, strong in all areas and with many exemplary features."

The inspectors go on to praise the "outstanding leadership" of the headteacher, Irene Bishop.

"Above all, the school is fun. Teachers and children enjoy each other's company and share a joy in learning. The little girl who addressed a mystified visitor to the school with the words, "we love our school, you know," thinking him to be an inspector, may have been guilty of mistaken identity, but she spoke for many."

In his letter to pupils explaining the findings of his inspection, David Singleton wrote: "Many of you said to us that you love and are proud of your school. We think you are absolutely right. It is a great school, with excellent teachers and outstanding pupils."

St Saviour's and St Olave's School

Notre Dame RC Girls' School has also gained grade 1 ("outstanding") in a recent Ofsted inspection, described by the inspection team as "extremely effective".

Read the reports in full on the Ofsted website

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