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Tower Hamlets, London Borough of (London): 'Happy' St Paul's Way continues to shine

Press Release   •   Sep 20, 2010 13:34 BST

Following August’s excellent GCSE results, teachers and pupils at St Paul’s Way Trust School in Mile End are celebrating again, after Ofsted classed the school as satisfactory and praised its ability to transform itself.

The Ofsted report commended the school’s ‘huge improvements in student behaviour, attendance and progress’ and described it as ‘a happy place’ in which ‘students are courteous and bubble with enthusiasm and pride in their achievements.’

Supported by Tower Hamlets Council, St Paul’s Way has gone from strength to strength over the past 18 months, since it was given notice to improve, culminating in the recent GCSE results which showed 46% of pupils achieved five A* to C grades – up 17% from last year.

Over two days, inspectors observed lessons and met pupils, governors, parents and staff. They commented specifically on the excellent leadership the school has, as well as its partnership work with other schools, universities, third sector organisations and local businesses.

Other areas that the school was praised for were its inter-faith work, targeted anti-bullying and internet safety projects and the support provided to pupils who have additional needs.

Headteacher Graeme Price said: “We are so pleased with the inspection findings, and this rating shows just how far we’ve come. With a bit more hard work from the staff and pupils, the inspectors have said we’re on track to be rated as good or even excellent in the future and we’re confident that we’ll get there.”

Anne Canning, Service Head for Learning and Achievement at Tower Hamlets Council said: “The improvements made by St Paul’s Way Trust School are remarkable, and are down to the determination of the school’s staff, pupils and parents, supported by the local community. With pupil and parent needs now at the centre of the school’s approach, St Paul’s Way Trust School looks set to have a bright future.”

Other organisations including the council are also supporting the school’s transformation. Next Spring its Building Schools for the Future programme will provide pupils and staff with a brand new £40 million school building.

Notes to editors

1. For more information please contact Emily Blackshaw, Tower Hamlets Communications Officer on 020 7364 1961 or

2. St Paul’s Way became a National Challenge Trust (NCT) school in February 2010. This change brought together education partners - including Queen Mary, University of London, The Institute of Education, University of East London and King's College London - to form a trust that will play a leading role in governing the school. It is also a Faraday Science School and specialises in visual arts, having been awarded an Artsmark silver award.

3. The school is also part of the wider St Paul’s Way Transformation Project, a regeneration scheme that is bringing major improvements along the street (St Paul’s Way). As well as a new health centre, there are also planned refurbishments to the area’s housing and streetscape. 

4. The school is currently holding a number of open days for parents with children applying for secondary school places. For more information, parents should contact 020 7987 1883.


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