John Locke Academy Outstanding Straight Out of the Blocks

The John Locke Academy on Bader Way is a new primary school built on the site of former RAF Uxbridge. The location was used as part of the athletes’ village for the 1948 Olympics and just like sprinters, Principal Darrell Butler and his team have come hurtling out of the blocks to be judged as ‘Outstanding’ in all categories in their first ever OFSTED inspection.

OFSTED inspectors highlighted that: - Senior leaders have created a thriving learning environment superbly well, where pupils flourish and are at the heart of everything that happens

  • Disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs are exceptionally well supported to excel

  • Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. In lessons and socials times, pupils are polite. Respectful and show great kindness towards others

  • Governors and representatives from the Trust use their skills knowledge and expertise extremely well to support and challenge school leaders

Elliot Foundation CEO, Hugh Greenway said,

“I am immensely proud of Darrell and all the staff at John Locke. Before the school was even built, Darrell said he wanted to create a place where learning was “irresistible”. That vision has clearly been achieved!”

Dr Caroline Whalley CBE, Founder of the Elliot Foundation said,

“Seventeen of our academies have now been inspected by OFSTED. Seven (41%) judged as outstanding in all categories, eleven (65%) as having outstanding leadership and none judged as inadequate. This is what can be achieved when you stop blaming schools and start believing in teachers”

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