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Outstanding hat trick for Bowes

Published Friday, 07 June 2013

Bowes Primary School in New Southgate has achieved a third successive outstanding Ofsted report.

Inspectors visited the school last month (May) and gave it a glowing report for its teaching; children’s  achievements and behaviour; parents’ satisfaction; and leadership including the governors’ positive contribution to the school’s management and resource allocation.

Executive headteacher, Sarah Turner, said, “We are the first primary school in Enfield to achieve three outstanding inspections in a row. Our children, staff, parents and governors can be very proud of their contribution to the success of this school.

“At Bowes we aim to raise the expectations of all our children, many of whom start school with lower than average skill levels for their age.

“I am delighted that inspectors recognised that we provide the inspirational teaching which means that children soon catch up. Indeed inspectors stated that ‘literacy skills develop at a fast pace because of the innovative curriculum’.”

During the last year Bowes Primary School has been in partnership with Chesterfield Primary in EN3 developing a strong federation called the Bowes Learning Alliance.

The success of the federation has had a rapid effect on Chesterfield School whose Ofsted earlier this year rose from ‘satisfactory’ in 2011 to ‘good’ in 2013.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Enfield’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said, “Both Chesterfield and Bowes have independent heads of school with a shared senior leadership team who are led by executive head Sarah Turner and one governing body.

“Although not an outstanding school yet, Chesterfield is well on the way to achieving ‘outstanding’. I think of it as the the Bowes effect.

“Not only is the federation a successful partnership between two council primary schools,  but it has also established a partner school in Nightingale Road known as the Bowes Annexe, and two emergency classes; one in Edmonton and one in Ponders End to support the expansion of Enfield’s primary schools.

“We appreciate this support and know that the Bowes Learning Alliance is raising standards and ambitions.”

Sarah Turner added, “We are also benefitting from the council’s Primary Expansion Project which plans to build six new state of the art classrooms at Chesterfield. This will help us to continue to give our pupils the best start at school.”

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