Harris Academy Bermondsey has been rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted for the second time in a row.

The girls’ secondary academy in Southwark Park Road, which replaced Aylwin Girls’ School in 2006, first achieved the top grade six years ago.

Alan Dane, the principal of the academy who was praised for “working very successfully to drive up standards and improve students’ progress”, said of the report:

“We are delighted with this feedback from Ofsted and so very proud of our girls and our staff. They work incredibly hard to create an exceptionally happy, productive school. Together we will continue to build on the excellent progress here to maintain this high level of success for years to come.”

Sir Dan Moynihan, chief executive of the Harris Federation, said: “Congratulations to all students and staff at the academy on this highly complimentary report.

“Sustaining the top Ofsted rating across a number of years is a significant achievement and the determination of everyone at the school, led by Alan Dane and his team, sets a great example.”

Read the full report on the Ofsted website.

Last month the academy gave its premises over to the emergency services to use as a coordination centre for the operation to deal with the unexploded bomb found in nearby Grange Walk.

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