Dagenham school in a class of its own

A FEEDER school for William Ford Primary, which has been hailed as one of the best in the country, has received a glowing Ofsted report. Government inspectors visited Village Infants , Ford Road, Dagenham, at the same time as William Ford and described it

A FEEDER school for William Ford Primary, which has been hailed as one of the best in the country, has received a glowing Ofsted report.

Government inspectors visited Village Infants', Ford Road, Dagenham, at the same time as William Ford and described it as a "good, improving school with some outstanding features".

Inspectors noted lessons were "lively and interesting" and staff are keen to seek ways of making them even better.

Head teacher Heather Layton said: "The majority of our pupils begin school below average and some with little or no English.

"The excellent groundwork at Village School helps to prepare the pupils to be able to achieve so well by the end of Key Stage 2 in William Ford."

Pupils start at Village Infants' and then go to William Ford, which was named by Ofsted as one of 20 schools in the country "excelling against the odds".