Wednesday, 6 February 2008

I moved on to visit Beeston Primary School where Chris Lees, the new headteacher, is doing a great job building on the legacy left by Bobbie Syrett...

It was wonderful to be able to talk to Chris about the school, the real strengths he is building on and the areas where he is already seeing a real difference. OFSTED recently highlighted Chris' style and vision , his good management and successul leadership and the support he receives from his senior team as the key characteristics of this good, improving and inclusive school.

Chris also took me round the school to meet some of his talented colleagues and some of his wonderful children. Chris has already improved the reception and office areas and we agreed that the real challenges in moving from good to great are being addressed. However, in common with many primary schools across the city, the greatest limiting factor is the buildings which I hope we can work on with Chris over the next few years.

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