A determined new head teacher has taken the reins at Feltham Community College and vowed to turn around the struggling school within a year.
"We can not afford to let another year of kids down," said Victoria Eadie, who took over at the Hounslow college three weeks ago.
"The changes have begun and the improvements will be dramatic and fast. I am 100 per cent sure exam results will reach more acceptable levels by next summer."
Ms Eadie firmly believes she is the right person to transform the troubled secondary, which this year saw the number of students achieving five A-Cs, with English and maths, at GCSE drop to a dismal 27 per cent.
In her previous job as deputy head at Hurlingham and Chelsea School, in Fulham, she helped pull the school out of special measures in just three years.
In her first interview since her appointment, she told the Chronicle: "I went to Hurlingham and Chelsea in 2005 because I was looking for a challenge.We made some fundamental changes there and they worked so I feel absolutely confident I have the tool kit necessary to turn things around here."
Ms Eadie, who has also been a deputy at Brentford School for Girls, has her work cut out at the college, which earlier this year, was included in a national list of schools marked for closure unless improvements can be made.
She says she believes a good start has already been made but a number of small changes, from improved pupil monitoring to painting 'tatty' corridors and classrooms, will make a big difference.
"These changes appear small but by improving their environment and making sure we know exactly what stage each pupil is at and what they need from us we can really create a buzz and help the kids focus on achievement," she said.
"That's already starting to happen." Other immediate changes at the school include the decision to keep younger pupils on site during the day and encouraging staff to make their lessons as exciting as possible.
"I prefer not to deal with problems like disruption and low attendance in a negative, punishing way," she said. "If we can make these lessons exciting and fun then you'll quickly see disruption dropping off and more kids showing up to classes."