I’m really delighted that Government figures released today have confirmed that 63.2% of pupils in the borough achieved five A*- C grades -; including the key subjects of English and Maths -; in 2013.

The transformation in our secondary schools over recent years has been nothing short of amazing, and these results are a validation of all the hard work undertaken by pupils and teachers. I’m particularly pleased that Islington have improved significantly faster than the national rate over the last five years, and by a whopping 10 percentage points in the past year alone!

Despite a drop across England, we have seen an increase in the level of students attaining top grades (three or more A -; A* grades)

Islington is joint-top in the country for the number of secondary schools rated as either ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, with all of our secondary schools achieving good or outstanding status.

At a time when Michael Gove and the Tory-led Government seem hell-bent on dismantling our education system, the experience of Islington’s ‘Community of Schools’ model clearly shows that with strong support from the local authority, strong leadership from heads and commitment from Governors, community schools can and will succeed.

It’s important to remember, beyond the league tables and number crunching,  that these results represent better outcomes for Islington children and will give our pupils greater opportunities to thrive and achieve their ambitions.

The challenge to all of us now is to sustain and improve on these results in future years!

Cllr Joe Caluori

Executive Member for Children and Families Labour Member for Mildmay Ward, LB Islington


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