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Free school in Battersea wins Ofsted approval

January 17, 2014

Bolingbroke Academy free school in Battersea wins seal of approval from Ofsted just over a year after opening its classrooms for the first time.

The Bolingbroke Academy free school in Battersea, which opened in September 2012, has been endorsed by Ofsted as a "good school".

The Bolingbroke was the borough's first free school and is operated by ARK that runs 27 academies across the country.

Ofsted's report said the school was providing its students with "a springboard to a successful future."

Claire Edis the school’s principal, was singled out for praise with the report stating: "The Principal has established a clear vision, ethos and culture for the academy.

"This has allowed the academy to develop a very strong and consistent message of ambition and excellence throughout its community. This has in turn developed very strong foundations for the future."

In response Ms Edis said: "Our school has high aspirations for every child – to give them the knowledge and ambition to be able to go to university or the career of their choice

"Pupils and staff have worked incredibly hard over the past few months, so it is fantastic to get this endorsement from Ofsted."

For more information about the school and to read the full Ofsted report visit

 “Good local schools are very important to both tenants and landlords,” says Medleen Brereton, manager at the Battersea branch of lettings agent Edmund Cude. “Having a good Ofsted report can really lift property values in an area.”

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