Battersea Park School seeks legal advice over 'inadequate' Ofsted rating after improved 2013 GCSE results
A secondary school placed in special measures just two months ago has defied expectation to record hugely improved GCSE reults.
Battersea Park School, in Battersea Park Road, Battersea, saw a 14 per cent increase in pupils achieving five A*-C grades, including English and Maths, up to almost 50 per cent.
The results have called into question the school's latest Ofsted inspection in June, with inspectors marking it as inadequate.
Headteacher, Gale Keller, is now seeking legal advice regarding the result of the report and has made an official complaint to Ofsted.
The report, published in June, said: "The low achievement of students since the last inspection indicates that the capacity for bringing about sustained improvement has not been demonstrated."
A number of initiatives have been introduced at the school, after it emerged it was one of the worst performing in London last year.
Students can attend extra classes on Saturday, teachers are intervening early and staff are working closely with Ernest Bevin College.
Mr Keller said: "The school and the majority of parents and the governors believe the report was flawed.
"They said there was no capacity to improve and that is why it is in special measures.
"We demonstrated quite clearly there is capacity to improve- a 14 per cent rise in GCSE results in a year."
A spokeswoman for Ofsted said: "Ofsted does not comment on whether a complaint has been received from an individual school.
"However, we take complaints very seriously, investigating each one rigorously and dealing with issues as quickly as possible."
The school blamed changes in grade boundaries for GCSE AQA English for its poor results in 2012.
There are also a large number of pupils who speak English as a second language.
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