03:01AM, Saturday 22 February 2014
A headteacher is targeting top marks for St Luke's Primary School after overseeing its transition from an 'inadequate' to 'good' school in under two years.
Home Secretary Theresa May visited the school in Cookham Road on Friday, February 7, to see for herself the improvements made.
The MP for Maidenhead was given a tour, before sitting down for a question and answer session with year five and six pupils.
In January 2012, St Luke's was placed in special measures by Ofsted, the body responsible for evaluating schools.
But a return visit by inspectors in December saw them impressed with the progress made in just under two years.
They now rate it as 'good', the second highest possible mark and two points up from its previous rating, bringing it comfortably out of special measures.
St Luke's is now just one grade short of 'outstanding', the highest rating.
Headteacher Amanda Hough said she was proud of staff and students.
"Everyone has worked incredibly hard to guide St Luke's from special measures to good in less than two years," she said.
"We are determined to ensure that all of the children who pass through our doors have the best chance and start in life."
The report praises the teaching and describes Mrs Hough as 'determined' in making sure every pupil makes good progress.
It also compliments the support teachers give to the high proportion of pupils who arrive at the school with little English, saying that children who are not native speakers progress 'in line' with those who are.
Mrs Hough also praised the school's governors.
"They are a great asset to St Luke's and a team, whom I know, will help the school in moving to outstanding," she added.
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