Mayor congratulates Battersea school given task of helping spread a love of reading

Published: Thursday 1st November 18

The Mayor of Wandsworth Cllr Piers McCausland has written to the headteacher of Battersea’s Chesterton School to offer his congratulations after the school was named as one of only 32 in the country to be given a vitally important mentoring role to promote reading beyond their own classrooms.

Chesterton will now take a leading role in supporting other schools develop and enhance the quality of their teaching of early language skills and reading.

The Government initiative to create a network of “English Hubs” is designed to utilise some of the country’s best performing primary schools to increase reading standards in schools across the country and improve education outcomes for the most disadvantaged children, particularly in underperforming schools.

Chesterton was chosen because of its “excellent” standards in the teaching of reading and phonics, and for its experience in providing support for other schools. It is one of only four in London to be given this prestigious role.

Headteacher Mark Siswick with deputy head and English hub lead Vicky Linke plus Chesterton reception class children

In his letter to Chesterton’s executive headteacher Mark Siswick, Cllr McCausland said: “I wanted to write to you to offer you, your teaching staff and governors, plus your parents and pupils my heartfelt congratulations at your stunning achievement in being named as one of the Government’s new English Hubs.

“As I understand it Chesterton is one of only 32 in the entire country and just four in London to have been selected for this hugely important role, based on your consistently outstanding standards achieved in English over recent years and your proven track record in supporting other schools through the Wandle Teaching School Alliance. 

“This is a tremendous achievement and one worthy of the highest praise. Your school’s support for others in Wandsworth will no doubt be warmly welcomed by children, families and schools across the borough.”

Schools and education spokesman Cllr Sarah McDermott said: “This is a great achievement by Chesterton which fully deserves all the praise it’s receiving.

“These English hub schools will promote a love of reading and support schools in their areas to provide excellent phonics and early language teaching. I can’t think of a school better qualified to take on this important role.”

Alongside Chesterton, Wandsworth offers parents some of the best schools in London. Currently 96 per cent of all schools in the borough at both primary and secondary level are officially rated as either good or outstanding by education standards watchdog Oftsed.

And the proportion of outstanding schools in Wandsworth is the eight highest in the country. 

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I`d be grateful for any information on who best to contact at Chesterton to offer voluntary service for the English Hub project. I am a published writer, living in Battersea; you can see the scope of my work on Keen to hear of any opportunities to help with reading, writing or creating an interest in both. Thank you. Glynn Christian.
Glynn Christian

2 November 2018