Cllr Joe Caluori, Executive Member for Children and Families, writes about the latest GCSE results -
All Islingtonians should feel really proud of our students and their teachers, as yet again they have beaten both the national and Inner London averages for the percentage of young people gaining 5 or more A*-C grade GCSEs, including English and Maths.
GCSE results released by the Department for Education show that 59.4% of students achieved this key measure in Islington.
This compares to 52.6% and 58.4% in inner London. Our students continue to excel in English and Maths with both subjects well ahead of national levels. This fantastic performance has come whilst our secondary schools grappled with changes to assessment nationally that led to major falls in results elsewhere.
These results show that Islington schools are continuing to provide our students with a really first class education.
We set very high standards for our schools and the fact that we are beating both the national and inner London results shows that this is paying off.
Since Islington Labour were elected to run the Council in 2010, the borough’s GCSE results have seen us climb from 143rd out of 152 local education authorities to 34th.
In 2006, less than a third of young people gained 5 good GCSEs – we are determined never to go back to those dark days.
It’s worth remembering too that all of Islington's secondary schools are rated good or outstanding by Ofsted, which puts them in the top 10% of all secondary schools nationally.
These were strong results and are a real testament to the hard work undertaken by the teachers and pupils at all of our schools. I’m proud of the difference our Labour administration has made - we've set high targets for our secondary schools and it's paying off.
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