The school inspection agency accelerated its timetable for inspecting primary and secondary schools, in both Lambeth and Waltham Forest, from the usual four years to close to a year.
Although early inspections revealed the poor standards expected by critics, the more schools inspected, the less gloomy the picture.
Of 55 Lambeth Schools reported on, eight were deemed to be failing. In his interim report to the council, Mike Tomlinson, Ofsted's director of inspections, said that 'much against the expectations of some critics, the initial high level of failure has not been maintained'. However, Lambeth's results still compare unfavourably with the national average.