Further improvements needed at struggling Kelmscott School, which has the lowest GCSE pass rate in Waltham Forest

Just 32 per cent of pupils at Kelmscott School in Markhouse Road, Walthamstow, achieved five good GCSEs or above last year

Just 32 per cent of pupils at Kelmscott School in Markhouse Road, Walthamstow, achieved five good GCSEs or above last year

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The school with the lowest GCSE results in Waltham Forest has been praised for making good progress, but told further improvements must be made.

Just 32 per cent of pupils at Kelmscott School in Markhouse Road, Walthamstow, achieved five good GCSEs or above last year and Ofsted inspectors criticised standards of teaching in English and maths.

In a letter sent by the watchdog to headteacher Lynne Parvez following a follow up inspection in March, inspectors said the foundations had been laid for reversing a decline.

Inspector Carmen Rodney said: “You and other senior leaders have been very open about the reasons for the decline in 2013 results in English.

“Your openness has contributed to a methodical review of English and mathematics before planning the next steps to accelerate improvement in these subjects.”

She said that the school’s plan of action “includes clear lines of responsibility, measurable targets and monitoring and evaluation.”

“The governing body, like the local authority, believe in and support the work you and your staff are doing to accelerate improvement,” the inspector added.

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3:44pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Jon Edgar says...

The figure here isn't last year's results, in fact it's well below what is published on their website. I think this article casts a shadow on what the school has done for my daughter who excelled in her studies last year, as well as other students. There's no mention of the grade boundries that affected the result from 2012 and I feel this is an inaccurate portrayal of a school which I'm very happy to have my children sent to!
The figure here isn't last year's results, in fact it's well below what is published on their website. I think this article casts a shadow on what the school has done for my daughter who excelled in her studies last year, as well as other students. There's no mention of the grade boundries that affected the result from 2012 and I feel this is an inaccurate portrayal of a school which I'm very happy to have my children sent to! Jon Edgar
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2:34pm Fri 6 Jun 14

CKirbygill.320 says...

I finished Kelmscott in 2012 with over 13 GCSE'S all A*-C I found the level of teaching very high, enthusiasm from staff to be also very high which reflected on the results that I achieved. Although the results did drop last year i believe this was a result of changes in GCSE grade boundaries which both pupils and staff didn't expect to happen. Kelmscott gave me numerous skills and knowledge which I have utilised since leaving the school, i believe as a result of the fantastic staff and teaching at Kelmscott, me due to starting a nursing degree was a result of the schools great teaching and the dedication to students. I believe my Headteacher L. Parvez, made great changes to the school taking the reputation of the school to much higher levels, since Mrs Parvez was Headteacher my school was awarded numerous awards and certificates, pupils attitude to learning changed for the better and behavior in the school became much better. Kelmscott is a great place to learn and i believe Kelmscott provided the best opportunities and chances to hundreds of children from lower class families. Kelmscott is a school to be proud of.

Connor Kirby
I finished Kelmscott in 2012 with over 13 GCSE'S all A*-C I found the level of teaching very high, enthusiasm from staff to be also very high which reflected on the results that I achieved. Although the results did drop last year i believe this was a result of changes in GCSE grade boundaries which both pupils and staff didn't expect to happen. Kelmscott gave me numerous skills and knowledge which I have utilised since leaving the school, i believe as a result of the fantastic staff and teaching at Kelmscott, me due to starting a nursing degree was a result of the schools great teaching and the dedication to students. I believe my Headteacher L. Parvez, made great changes to the school taking the reputation of the school to much higher levels, since Mrs Parvez was Headteacher my school was awarded numerous awards and certificates, pupils attitude to learning changed for the better and behavior in the school became much better. Kelmscott is a great place to learn and i believe Kelmscott provided the best opportunities and chances to hundreds of children from lower class families. Kelmscott is a school to be proud of. Connor Kirby CKirbygill.320
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