A primary school which parents campaigned to prevent becoming an academy after it was placed in special measures has been praised for progress made to improve standards.

Ofsted inspectors in June found the Snaresbrook Primary School, in Meadow Walk, South Woodford, to be failing and it looked set to be taken out of local authority control.

But a campaign by parents, supported by Redbridge Council, argued measures were already in place to address the problems.

The proposal was eventually dropped and in December the school registered the fourth most improved test results in the borough.

Now the second Ofsted progress report, published today, has praised improvements in teaching.  

It said: "The school is making reasonable progress towards the removal of special measures.

"Much has been done to improve teaching and identify the impact on pupils’ progress. For instance, the Teachers’ Standards have been used to provide clarity about expectations; teachers have observed good practice; monitoring of teaching is now linked to performance management; and discussions about teachers’ accountability are now a regular feature of the school’s work.

"Teachers are in no doubt that quality-first teaching is paramount, and overall, the quality is improving with an increasing proportion that is good."