School downgraded by Ofsted after first inspection in 12 years – South London News

Of Local Democracy Reporter Ben Lynch

A school which has gone nearly 12 years without an inspection has been downgraded to ‘requires improvement’ by Ofsted, with some pupils underperforming and behaving badly.

However, inspectors noted that there were “effective” safeguards in place at Bevington Primary School in North Kensington and that bullying was less common.

Jagdeep Birdi, acting chief executive at Bevington, said the school welcomed the report’s findings, which would encourage the school to continue to adapt and improve.

Before the latest rating, Bevington Primary School had not been inspected by Ofsted since July 2012. At that time it was rated ‘outstanding’, with the school’s leadership and the behavior of its pupils among the key positives identified.

The latest report notes how the school was exempted by law from routine inspection until November 2020, which is why there was a particularly long gap between assessments.

Inspectors admit that since Covid the school has gone through a “difficult period of change”, including large numbers of staff leaving, which has disrupted student learning.

The report described pupils’ behavior as “unreliably positive”, with some being occasionally physical and using poor language, while children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) sometimes suffer from “poor experiences”.

Suspensions at Bevington were recorded as high, with vulnerable pupils most likely to be affected. The school said suspensions had reduced since its new behavior policy was introduced in November 2023.

Mr Birdi, said: “The areas for improvement highlighted by Ofsted will accelerate the work already underway to make Bevington the best school it can be.

“A new governing board has been introduced at the school, applications are already being reviewed for a new role at the school to boost leadership capacity and a strengthened curriculum has been implemented.

“We understand that a report like this can be worrying, but our families know that their children’s time at Bevington is enriching, enjoyable and encouraging.”

Pictured above: Bevington Primary School is in Bevington Road, just off Portobello Road in Kensington and Chelsea (Image: Google Street View)

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