The performance of Westminster schools has reached new heights with student progress in Year 10 and 11 now ranked number one in inner London and fourth in the country overall, according to early results from the Department of Education.
The preliminary GCSE figures also show that Westminster schools ranked second in inner London for percentage of students achieving a pass in English and mathematics, at 74% — well above the inner London average of 65% and the national average of 59%.
Westminster primary school students also performed better than ever before, with students in Year 3 to 6 now rated fifth best in London and 15th best nationally, out of 151 Local Education Authorities.
For these year groups, Westminster’s results for the percentage of children achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics went up from 58% to 67%, 6% above national average of 61%.
Cllr Richard Holloway, Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Young People said:
“These are fabulous results for Westminster’s world-class secondary and primary schools. Now, at all levels of a child’s education, Westminster pupils are achieving or exceeding expected standards across core competencies and demonstrating greater progress at the critical Year 10 and Year 11 levels.
“Moreover, with over 95% of our Primary Schools rated Good or Excellent by Ofsted, children, young people and families in Westminster should be extremely proud to be starting their education in the city.”
Among some of the highest performing schools, Edward Wilson Primary School showed particularly impressive improvement. Darren Guttridge, Headteacher of Edward Wilson Primary School, said:
“I am delighted that Edward Wilson Primary School has made remarkable improvements over the last year. We have increased end of Key Stage Two performance from 40% of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and maths combined in 2016 to 69% this year. We are particularly proud of the achievements made by our disadvantaged pupils who performed above the national average for all pupils nationally. As well as our pupils and families, I am incredibly proud of our dedicated staff for supporting these amazing results, and we look forward to improving these even further next year.”
In 2016, a new national school curriculum was rolled out across the country that provided more challenging criteria for Reading, Writing and Maths. The full and verified progress and attainment scores since the new curriculum are expected to be released by the Department for Education in December.