Top class praise for exam success youngsters

22 August 2014 in Education
Newham Council has applauded pupils from across the borough’s secondary schools who worked hard to achieve success in this year’s GCSE examinations.
Cllr Quintin Peppiatt with head teacher Simon Elliott at Forest Gate Community School
Councillor Quintin Peppiatt, Cabinet member for children and young people, said: “I am really pleased that we have again seen some excellent individual performances from students in GCSE examinations and those young people should be very proud of themselves.

“The fact that many people have done so well despite significant changes by the Government in the way exams were taken this year is a testament to their resilience and the support they have received from staff and governors in schools, their families and their peers.

“We are still waiting for detailed results from a number of our secondary schools but we anticipate that the picture in Newham will be similar to the rest of London where there has been a variation in results and some schools have seen falls and others have seen increases. We will be analysing in great depth the data we get from all our schools to get a clearer idea of how they have performed compared to others.”

Of the schools who have so far confirmed results, Rokeby in Canning Town was the most improved school in Newham where the percentage of pupils who achieved five or more A* to C passes including English and Maths, rose by 14 percentage points to 52%.

Others who performed better than last year are Forest Gate Community School (up five percentage points to 57%); Sarah Bonnell School in Stratford (up four to 66%); Little Ilford School in Manor Park (up two to 63%); and Lister (up one to 56%). The best performing school from the results seen so far is Plashet School in East Ham at 69%, the same score as last year.

Added Cllr Peppiatt: “We applaud those schools which have reported improved performance and we will be looking to them to share their knowledge and experience with others. Where schools have not performed as expected we will be working with them on actions to secure improvement next time to ensure no Newham child is left behind.”