A primary school in Tolworth which was previously rated 'inadequate' by Ofsted has bounced back with its best-ever SATs results.

Knollmead Primary School is celebrating 83 per cent of its Year 6 students attaining the expected standard in maths, which is eight per cent above the national average. 80 per cent attained the expected standard in writing and 71% obtained the expected rating in reading. 

The results were replicated across the board, with 80 per cent of reception pupils reaching a good level of development, 82 per cent of Year 1s passing the phonics check and 71 per cent of Year 2s attaining the expected standards in reading, writing and maths.

Deputy head teacher Dave Tan said: "We are absolutely delighted.

“It reflects all of the fantastic work that’s taken place across the school. It really matches the great work from everyone here.”

Ofsted inspectors rated the school inadequate in 2014 and since then it has been taken over by the Coombe Academy Trust.

Mr Tan, who will become Head Teacher next month, said: “The support from Coombe has been brilliant. We’ve had specialised leadership support from them which has helped in transforming the school in the last couple of years."

Other factors include the staff dedication, parental support and the work ethic of the children, Mr Tan said.

He added: “The staff have worked tirelessly. They know the children really well and they work hard in exactly the right areas. They know what the children need to work on.

“Ultimately the children have been amazing. They work so hard, coming in at half eight for extra reading and writing sessions. They’ve been superstars.

“But it’s not been an exam factory either. There is a great balance. The number of trips have sky rocketed and participation in sporting events has doubled.”