Mayor Sadiq Khan recognises Walthamstow School for Girls for exceptional educational achievement
One of only 25 secondary schools to receive a "Schools for Success" award
Walthamstow School for Girls has been celebrated under a new programme set up by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to recognise exceptional schools in the capital. Schools for Success is part of the Mayor's drive to help tackle education inequality and increase standards for all schoolchildren across the capital, whatever their background.
Schools for Success celebrates schools that are achieving academic success with all their pupils, in particular disadvantaged or vulnerable students who started off behind their peers, or those affected by circumstances that could have an impact on their learning. In 2016 there were more than 39,000 pupils at the end of primary school and 30,000 at the end of secondary school who did not reach expected levels.
The new programme creates a network for these schools to share best practice with others across London through events, school visits and online profiles. More than 100 eligible schools are invited to join the programme, with 27 boroughs represented at this year’s Awards. This cohort, refreshed annually, represents approximately six per cent of the capital’s schools.
London’s schools are outperforming the rest of the country with last year’s GCSE results showing the city as the top English region for the ninth consecutive year.
Walthamstow School for Girls has been recognised, as one of only 25 secondary schools across the capital to achieve the Schools for Success Award, because of its consistently outstanding high performance.
Meryl Davies, Headteacher at WSFG said “We are delighted to be one of the 25 London secondary schools to be recognised for this new award. As a community comprehensive school, we are committed to ensuring that each and every one of our students reaches her absolute potential and we hope that our young people will make the most of their opportunities and go on to improve the world in which we live.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Congratulations to Walthamstow School for Girls for its outstanding achievements and for the hard work of its pupils and teaching staff. London has some of the best schools in the country, and Schools for Success shows the huge difference good quality teaching can make to pupils who started off behind in their studies. By sharing best practice with other schools across the capital, we can help every young Londoner reach their full potential, and ensure no child is left behind.”
102 schools have been recognised in Schools for Success, the first year of the scheme, including 25 secondary schools. They are being asked to share their good practice through seminars and hosting visits to their school so that other schools can learn from their successful approaches.
For more information visit www.london.gov.uk/schools-for-success
Schools for Success is funded by £26,000 from the Greater London Authority with the remaining costs, such as venues and staff time, being provided free by participating schools, boroughs and Teaching School Alliances.
Eligibility for the Schools for Success programme is based on high levels of progress with low prior attaining pupils, strong whole school performance and a willingness to share good practice.