Wandsworth schools among best in London

Published: Friday 26th January 18

Wandsworth Schools have yet again proved to be among some of the best in London following the publication of Government figures looking at school performance across the UK.

Schools are now judged by two criteria. The first is Attainment 8, which rounds up pupils best eight GCSE results, including English and maths.

Nationally the Attainment 8 score average was 44.6, where in Wandsworth it was 49.5, putting it into the top five inner London boroughs and 13th out of all 32 boroughs across the capital.

Harris Battersea led the way in Wandsworth with an Attainment 8 score of 59.8, closely followed by Graveney School (58.5), Ashcroft Technology Academy (57.1) and Saint Cecilia’s (53.8).

The other criteria used in the performance figures is Progress 8 which gives a score based on pupil performance between the end of primary school and GCSEs.

Here Wandsworth was ranked eighth out of the 13 inner London boroughs and 18th across the capital. The highest performing school, Harris Battersea, was ranked fourth nationally and second for disadvantaged pupils and was singled out for praise today by education minister Nick Gibb.

In GCSE English and maths, Wandsworth was rated the third best performer in inner London (up from eighth two years ago), with 70 per cent of children achieving 9-4 grades (formerly A*-C) compared to 64 per cent nationally.

In terms of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), the percentage of pupils achieving 9-4 grades in Wandsworth increased to 38 per cent, which is 15 per cent ahead of the national figure. This puts the borough second within inner London and sixth across the whole capital.

Councillor Sarah McDermott, Wandsworth Council’s cabinet member for Education and Children’s Services, said “Overall these are very pleasing figures. Across the board Wandsworth is performing strongly and our schools have measured up well in London against all the performance criteria.

“It is particularly heartening to see how well our schools are doing within the core subjects and that I know that is down to the tremendous efforts of teachers, headteachers, governors and all other school staff and volunteers. And of course these results reflect the hard work put in by our pupils and the support they get from parents and carers, all of whom are vital to educational success.”

The latest figures follow the recent conclusion from Ofsted that 97 per cent of Wandsworth Schools are either rated as good or outstanding.

Councillor McDermott added: “I know just how much effort teachers and students are putting in to achieve the best possible results and we will continue to work together to ensure we carry on improving together, giving children a first class education in Wandsworth.”

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