East End kids could do better’ with GCSE results below-average

Thursday, January 15, 2009
1:29 PM

SCHOOLKIDS in London’s deprived East End are still trailing behind the rest of the country in GCSE results—despite overall improvements. The secondary school league tables published today reveals 41 per cent of Tower Hamlets pupils getting five A* to C grades including English and Maths last summer—well below the national average

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By Gemma Collins

SCHOOLKIDS in London’s deprived East End are still trailing behind the rest of the country in GCSE results—despite overall improvements.

The secondary school league tables published today (Thurs) reveals 41 per cent of Tower Hamlets pupils getting five A* to C grades including English and Maths last summer.

That’s a five per cent improvement from the year before—but still below the national 47 per cent average.

Four East End secondary schools recorded worse exam results in the summer than 2007, Oaklands in Bethnal Green, Swanlea in Whitechapel, Central Foundation in Bow and George Green’s in Millwall.

George Green’s sank below the Government’s 30 per cent threshold.

Two other schools, St Paul’s Way in Bow Common and Bethnal Green Technology—both threatened with closure last year because of poor results—have still failed to reach the 30 per cent mark.

St Paul’s Way, which recently caused controversy by sacking teacher Adrian Swain for wearing trainers, came at the bottom of the Tower Hamlets league table with only 23 per cent of its pupils getting A* to C grades including English and Maths.

Full results for Tower Hamlets are online.

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