BY CHRISTINA WHITE THE SCHOOL Of murdered headmaster Philip Lawrence has been commended in its latest Ofsted report.
St George's Catholic comprehensive in Maida Vale, London, was described by inspectors as an "improving school that is very well led". Ofsted said headmaster Philip Jakszta, who took over in 2001, deserved particular praise. "The leadership of the headtewher is very good and is a significant factor in the climate of improvement in the school," it said.
The report marks a turning point for St George's which has struggled with a range of serious social issues. Sixtythree per cent of pupils do not speak English as a first language and 44.5 per cent of pupils are eligible for free school meals. Nearly a third of pupils have special educational needs.
Ofsted said the teaching standards were good and attendance had risen to 93 per cent with pupils now "strongly committed to their school". In 2001 only 14 per cent of pupils gained five or more GCSEs at grade A-C, this year staff predict a 28 per cent pass rate.
Andrew Allum, chairman of governors, said they were "very proud of the rapid and sustained progress" that was being made.