Saxon Way Primary School rated a good school and praised by Ofsted for its transformation

Saxon Way Primary School in Gillingham, Kent, a member of The Griffin Schools Trust (GST), has been rated as a ‘good’ school by Ofsted and praised for the way its leaders have transformed the school’s culture and raised the expectations of staff to meet the aspirations of pupils.

Back in 2012 the school was placed in ‘special measures’ after Ofsted inspectors rated it as ‘inadequate’.  But since becoming a member of the Griffin Schools Trust in 2013, the school has gone from strength to strength.

We are all very proud of the school and its leaders for building long term improvement,” said Liz Lewis,​ Joint Chief Executive of the Griffin Schools Trust. “It’s amazing what has been achieved in just two and a half years.

“It’s particularly pleasing to see that the inspectors noticed how much the Saxon pupils enjoy school and the positive relationships between the children and the staff.”

The Ofsted inspectors, who visited the school in June, had particular praise for the school’s leadership team who it described as “ambitious for every child in the school and (who) have created a culture of high expectations.

“Leaders and staff are relentless and have been successful in improving pupils’ behaviour and creating a safe, calm and purposeful school,” said the report.

“All adults show respect and warmth towards pupils and this has a positive impact on pupils’ personal and social development.”

The good news about Saxon Way came hot on the heels of a report which rated the GST – a family of primary and secondary schools in the Midlands and the South East of England – among the top five out of 26 academy sponsors in a report analysing the performance and pace of school improvement.

The report from Angel Solutions, which provides online data for the education sector, assessed the performance of academy sponsors by comparing the grades of 700 academies before and after they were sponsored.

In terms of its pace in improving its schools, The Griffin Trust came fifth, ahead of 21 other sponsors. The data shows that the Trust has improved its sample of six schools by a total of eight grades. This gives an average improvement of 1.3 grades per school, indicating that GST is effectively adding value to its academies.

“We are delighted to see this acknowledgement of all our hard work,” continued Liz.

​ “We have a strong track record in improving schools and the success of our approach is evidenced by the fact that that pupil progress is ‘outstanding’ in more than half our GST schools. 

“At the outset we took on eight schools in failing categories and three requiring improvement. Five schools have now been judged as ‘Good’ by Ofsted and the Trust is currently awaiting validation of its judgment that one is securely ‘Outstanding’.”

Rated as a ‘good’ sponsor, and poised to grow, the Trust has made a significant impact on all its schools, which are:


Bramford Primary in Bilston, West Midlands; Race Leys Junior School and Nicholas Chamberlaine School in Bedworth, Warwickshire; Perry Wood Nursery and Primary  in Worcester; Chivenor Primary in Castle Vale, Birmingham and Park Lane Primary in Nuneaton.

South East:

Riverley Primary and Willow Brook Primary  in Leyton, London; Kingfisher Primary School and Lordswood in Chatham, Kent; and Saxon Way in Gillingham, Kent. 


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