Two teachers per classroom, home school contracts and themed classrooms will ensure that a primary school in Walthamstow gets Ofsted inspectors inspired, according to its leader.

Last year Woodside Primary Academy was placed in special measures by the education watchdog.

The Wood Street school had a high staff turnover and low academic results.

As one of the borough’s biggest primaries, Woodside currently has 915 pupils aged between three and 11 and 195 members of staff.

Headteacher Shane Tewes was given the task of turning around its reputation and has recently managed to get the school out of the lowest Ofsted category and into ‘requires improvements’.

Now, determined to see the school succeed, he has implemented drastic changes.

He said: “I joined Woodside in 2013, just as Ofsted rated the school as being in Special Measures.

“The last 12 months have been incredibly challenging, but I can honestly say that all our hard work and dedication has paid off.

Ofsted visited the school in September this year, and judged it to be addressing all the recommendations for further improvement.

Inspector Andrew Wright praised the development plan created by the school to make its way towards a good rating.

Eighteen new teachers have joined the school since 2013, so 17 classes have two teachers.

“A high staff turnover in a school for me means two things: disillusioned staff and disruption for children. In my experience, it is absolutely vital to ensure our teachers feel supported.

“Our aim is to have two teachers in 70% of classes by September 2015, which to the best of my knowledge is currently unprecedented for any primary school in the country,” Mr Tewes added.

“We have also introduced imaginative ‘themed classrooms’ that allow pupils to write, read and investigate in real context environments.

“Our new classrooms embrace specific curriculum themes by creating a learning environment that reflects the topic being taught. For example, when learning about World War 1 and 2, the Year 6 classrooms become bomb shelters complete with structures to create airplane cockpits and trenches.”

Pupils have also signed a home school agreement which asks them to adopt values such as respect, responsibility, independence, honesty and determination in to their lives.

Moray Dickson, Head of Year Six, and Middle Leader at Woodside said Mr Tewes ‘drives standards’ expecting nothing but ‘the best’ from all staff.

Charlotte Decelis, Head of Year One and Middle Leader at Woodside said: “We are no longer doing things for the sake of doing them; that has changed drastically.”

In recent months the school’s Year 6 students’ progress results place them in the top seven per cent of the country this academic year. Attendance is also up by almost two per cent.