Education Minister sees first hand Newham's exceptional education offer

28 January 2014 in Education and Mayor
Sir Robin Wales Mayor of Newham and Tristram Hunt shadow education secretary visited a Newham school to see first hand the amazing educational offer that the borough’s children receive.
Maryland School based in Stratford hosted the visit. The school has recently been rated ‘good’ by government inspectors Ofsted.

It was also one of the first schools to implement a phonics programme and has supported other schools in shaping the delivery of their own initiatives.

Wales and Hunt met the head teacher Lorna Jackson who took them on a tour of the school as well as showcasing the innovative Newham’s Every Child Programme.

They met year 5 and 6 pupils, took part in the Reading Guarantee Programme which supports children in the early years of primary school to read and our Every Child a Musician initiative which gives children in Years 5, 6 and 7 the opportunity to learn how to play an instrument through weekly tuition.

Sir Robin Wales and Tristram Hunt also had one of the school’s healthy free school meals and visited the school’s chicken coop.

The visit to the school comes on the back of Newham’s KS1 and KS2 results which have continued to increase year on year.

This year, Newham has seen more than three quarters of the borough’s primary schools achieve above the national average for expected progress in reading, writing and maths.

This means that overall nearly two thirds of our schools are achieving significantly above the national average for their combined reading, writing and maths results.

In addition, over one third of the borough’s primary schools are now in the top ten per cent nationally for their results.

Newham’s pupils also continue to make great progress above the national average between Key Stage 1 and 2.

With reading results at 91 per cent, and writing results 95 per cent; both were three per cent points above the national average. Maths results were 92 per cent, also a three percentage points increase compared to 2012, and four percentage points above the national average.

Sir Robin Wales Mayor of Newham said: “I was very impressed by the Maryland’s learning environment, nurturing atmosphere, wide range of activities for pupils but also by the school’s good academic achievement.

“We’re keen to build on the success of all our schools through our continued partnership approach and investment.”

Tristram Hunt, shadow education secretary said: “Maryland Primary is a very inspirational school full of dedicated teachers and focussed pupils.

“I was impressed by the breadth of schooling on offer, the pupils who have an evident love of history and know who their Stuart monarchs are.” He added “It was very rewarding to watch the focus placed on phonics and the results it produces in such a diverse pupil group.”

Lorna Jackson, head teacher of Maryland School said: “We are proud to showcase our children’s skills and talents. Our junior governors impressed the minister with their breadth of knowledge and entrepreneurial abilities. Our dedicated staff demonstrated passion, ambition and professional expertise which is reflected in our children’s love of learning.

 “We’re keen to ensure that we continue to provide the best learning environment for our children and are constantly looking for ways to improve.”