Newham schools have come 23rd nationally in the new secondary school league tables for England, released by the Department for Education (DfE) today.
The results show that Newham is in the top local authorities in England for Key Stage 4, (ranked 23) although this is slightly down from last year (ranked 15).
There are improvements in English and Maths and overall the progress that pupils from Key Stage 2 (end of primary school) made to the end of Key Stage 4 (progress 8 measure) means that out of 150 authorities in England, Newham retained its position in the top 25 and is above the national average for every accountability measure.
Progress 8 scores for four schools in the borough are rated ‘well above average’, meaning that 20 per cent of Newham schools fall in this category in comparison to around 12 per cent nationally.
For the Attainment 8 measure, Newham is ranked as 38th best in England – the same as 2018. This is an overall measure of attainment across eight subjects including English and Maths.
Newham also has the fifth highest proportion of students entering the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) range of qualifications. This is 64 per cent in Newham (two out of every three students) compared to 40 per cent nationally.
The tables are based on how pupils in each school performed in their GCSE exams last summer. They provide a picture of how well each school in the country is performing, by tracking pupils' progress since they left primary schools.
Councillor Julianne Marriott, Lead Member for Education said: “It’s fantastic news that our Newham schools are performing so well and that is down to the sheer hard work of our students, teachers and their families. We have amazing schools in Newham with our young people having opportunities to sing at the Albert Hall, learn engineering at Lego competitions and debating skills in debatemate - and they get great results too.”
The council has established a partnership to support Newham schools, known as 'Newham Learning'. This is overseen by a head teacher board and supported with council funding, alongside school subscriptions. So far, 31 schools have subscribed and implementation of the support offer starts from April 2020.