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'Failing' schools rise to the top
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Ofsted has rated 457 schools and colleges as "outstanding"
Six formerly struggling schools in England have made it onto the annual list of "outstanding" schools published by the education watchdog Ofsted.

The six primaries had been found to be below standard in previous inspections.

But they are now among 457 schools and colleges singled out in Ofsted's list of leading institutions, based on inspections carried out in 2004-05.

Some 24 schools on the list have been labelled "outstanding" for a third consecutive time.

These include 11 secondary schools, seven primaries, three special schools and three nursery schools.

A further 78 schools and colleges have been recognised as outstanding twice.

The 457 highlighted schools and colleges stood out among the 2,878 institutions inspected in 2004-05 as offering an excellent quality of education and high levels of pupil achievement.

Once struggling, now shining

The chief inspector of schools in England, David Bell, said six of the outstanding schools were previously subject to special measures, had serious weaknesses or had been designated as underachieving by inspectors.

The schools - Woodberry Down Community Primary School, in Hackney, London; Woodhouse Close Junior School, in Bishop Auckland, County Durham; Kimberley Primary School, Nottinghamshire; Bletchingdon Parochial Church of England Primary School, Oxfordshire; Broadwater Church of England First and Middle School, West Sussex; and Mossley Primary School, Walsall - were singled out for specific praise.

"It is a remarkable achievement to have gone from this position to become an outstanding school and I congratulate these six schools on the significant progress they have made," said Mr Bell.

He applauded the head teachers, staff, governors and pupils or students of all the successful institutions.

"All those on the list have characteristics that distinguish outstanding education and training," he said.

"They have strong, dynamic leadership and excellent or very good teaching that results in pupils or students making progress and achieving very well."

This list shows schools identified twice and three times as outstanding by Ofsted inspectors. Clicking the name of any school will take you to its most recent inspection report on the Ofsted website.

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School Phase Area
The Camden School for Girls Secondary Kentish Town
Sudbourne Primary School Primary Brixton
St Joseph's RC Primary School Primary Maida Vale
Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet Secondary Barnet
Ravens Wood School Secondary Bromley
King Edward VI Handsworth School Secondary Birmingham
Arden School Secondary Solihull
Higher Bebington Junior School Primary Higher Bebington
Lister Lane School Special Bradford
Sir James Knott Memorial Nursery School Nursery Tynemouth
St Thomas More Roman Catholic High School Aided Secondary North Shields
Clervaux Nursery School Nursery Jarrow
Comberton Village College Secondary Comberton
Marshfields School Special Dogsthorpe
Hartford Manor Community Primary School Primary Northwich
Westcliff High School for Boys Secondary Westcliff-on-Sea
Presdales School Secondary Ware
Dartford Grammar School Secondary Dartford
Woodlands Special School Special Blackpool
Oatlands Infant School Primary Harrogate
Roecliffe Church of England Primary School Primary York
New Hartley First School Primary Whitley Bay
Bognor Regis Nursery School Nursery Bognor Regis
Sheldon School Secondary Chippenham
Avonmore Primary School Primary Kensington
St Charles RC Primary School Primary North Kensington
The Clara Grant Primary School Primary Bow
Sir John Cass Foundation and Redcoat Church of England Secondary School Secondary Stepney
Gateway Primary School Primary Lisson Grove
Copthall School Secondary Mill Hill
St Michael's Catholic Grammar School Secondary North Finchley
Bullers Wood School Secondary Chislehurst
Dormers Wells High School Secondary Southall
The Latymer School Secondary Edmonton
Newton Farm Nursery, First and Middle School Primary South Harrow
Rooks Heath High School Secondary South Harrow
Ardleigh Green Junior School Primary Hornchurch
Hall Mead School Secondary Upminster
St Edward's CofE Comprehensive School Secondary Romford
Grangewood School Special Eastcote
Coombe Girls' School Secondary New Malden
Haslemere Primary School Primary Mitcham
Plashet School Secondary East Ham
St Elphege's RC Infants' School Primary Roundshaw
Cherry Orchard Primary School Primary Birmingham
Kings Norton Girls' School and Language College Secondary Birmingham
Selly Oak Special School Special Birmingham
Christ The King Catholic Junior School Primary Coventry
Dorridge Nursery and Infant School Primary Solihull
Millfields Nursery School Nursery Walsall
St Monica's Catholic Primary School Primary Bootle
Woodchurch High School Engineering College Secondary Wirral
St Anselm's College Secondary Wirral
St Teresa's RC Primary School, Little Lever, Bolton Primary Bolton
Bare Trees Junior School Primary Oldham
Manor Green Primary School Primary Denton
Abbey School Special Rotherham
Ravenscliffe High School Special Halifax
Ossett South Ossett Infant School Primary Ossett
Walkergate Early Years Centre Nursery Newcastle upon Tyne
Shiremoor Primary School Primary Shiremoor
Westmoor Primary School Primary Killingworth
Husborne Crawley Lower School Primary Husborne Crawley
Lark Rise Lower School Primary Dunstable
Mary Hare Grammar School Special Newbury
Elangeni School Primary Amersham
Turnfurlong Infant School Primary Aylesbury
Dinton CofE School Primary Aylesbury
John Hampden Grammar School Secondary High Wycombe
Romans Field School Special Milton Keynes
Gorsey Bank Primary School Primary Wilmslow
Macmillan College Secondary Middlesbrough
Walbrook Nursery School Nursery Derby
Lady Manners School Secondary Bakewell
Linwood School Special Bournemouth
Wingate Nursery School Nursery Wingate
Rosemary Lane Nursery School Nursery Peterlee
Lumley Medway Infant School Primary Chester le Street
Debden Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School Primary Debden
Longney Church of England Primary School Primary Gloucester
Fordingbridge Infant School Primary Fordingbridge
John Keble Church of England Primary School Primary Winchester
The Westgate School Secondary Winchester
Berkeley Infant School Primary Scunthorpe
Westfield Primary School Primary Cottingham
All Hallows Catholic High School Secondary Preston
Ingoldsby Primary School Primary Grantham
Childhaven Nursery School Nursery Scarborough
Askwith Community Primary School Primary Otley
Harrogate Grammar School Secondary Harrogate
Manor Church of England Voluntary Aided School, York Secondary York
Bishop Stopford School Secondary Kettering
Seaton Sluice First School Primary Seaton Sluice
Dawn House School Special Rainworth
Rosehill School Special Nottingham
Combe Church of England Primary School Primary Witney
Church Aston Infant School Primary Newport
Axbridge Church of England First School Primary Axbridge
Thomas Alleyne's High School Secondary Uttoxeter
Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Addlestone Primary Addlestone
Lawrence Sheriff School Secondary Rugby
Rumboldswhyke CofE Infants' School, Chichester Primary Chichester

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