In just four years a Sutton Coldfield primary school has transformed itself from one of the biggest under-achievers to an ‘outstanding’ school.
Recent Ofsted results rewarded Lindens Primary School with top marks across the board much to the delight of head teacher Simon Griffiths.
The school in Hundred Acre Road was given a notice to improve – one step up from being put into special measures in 2005.
But after a host of curriculum changes, the same set of staff have fought back to earn the recognition they feel the school deserves.
Mr Griffiths, who has been headteacher for the past five years, was quick to praise Ofsted inspectors after launching a scathing attack on them in 2005 for rubbishing his school.
“They came here four years ago and wrote a really damning report, but I’m thrilled to bits that they have now realised the good work that we do here,” he said.
“I’m really proud of the staff, the parents, the whole community and most of all the children who are absolute super stars.”
The former Heathfields County Infant School headteacher admitted that the introduction of a new ‘creative’ curriculum had paved the way for its latest success. Huge emphasis has been placed on art, design, music and drama.