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  • Sir William Burrough Primary School
    Salmon Lane
    E14 7PQ
  • Head: Mrs Avril Newman
  • T 020 7987 2147
  • F 020 7515 1858
  • E admin@sirwilliamb…
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 3 to 11.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Tower Hamlets
  • Pupils: 379
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Early years provision Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 5th March 2008
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

All children, apart from those with particular special needs, have learnt to read and write (in cursive!) by the end of reception, when they partake in a graduation ceremony complete with mortar boards and gowns. The school’s ‘You Can Do It’ programme 'keeps levels of confidence and resilience high, and is deeply woven into relationships of respect, tolerance, kindness and courtesy'. We saw this in action as children held open doors, enquired about the welfare of others and...

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Since 1995 Mrs Avril Newman (60s) BEd, first class honours from Goldmith’s, who has spent her whole teaching career in Tower Hamlets. She is a national leader of education, a JP and has been honoured with a Freedom of the City award. A lover of theatre, books and travel, she is married with two grown-up children. Mrs Newman cited her greatest achievement as the integration of rigorous attention to academic standards with high emotional intelligence; qualities she noted ‘don’t always go together’ but, in this case, are evidently modelled from the top. A warm, positive and articulate woman whose delicate stature belies a strong and dynamic force. She believes that every child should aspire to the highest possible standards in reading, writing and maths regardless of social or cultural background; the testimony of which...

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