Hackney schools struggle to make the grade as other boroughs rise above the average

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Schools in Hackney are the worst performers along the east London line as Croydon, Tower Hamlets and Lewisham scored above the national average in the primary school league tables that were published yesterday.

Hackney scored just below average with 71 per cent of pupils achieving the grade. 

However, schools in the borough were not deemed to have failed as they achieved more than the 60 per cent pass rate required.

Tower Hamlets, Lewisham and Croydon scored marginally above the average 73.5 per cent for all pupils achieving level four or above in their English and Maths SATS exams.

The reliability of the league tables published by the Department for Education has been questioned after over a quarter of schools boycotted the SATS exams, criticising it for narrowing the curriculum and compromising learning.

Sue Fieldman, London editor for Good Schools Guide said so many omissions have led to the league tables “becoming more meaningless”.

Parkwood Primary School scored the best in Hackney with a 95 per cent level four rate in English and Maths and an overall value-added score of 103.1.Thomas Fairchild Community School failed with a score of 53 per cent for both subjects.

In Tower Hamlets, under the value-added score system, which gives extra marks to schools that give pupils an ‘extra-boost’, Old Palace Primary School were at the top of the borough’s scores with 102.2. Harry Gosling School scored the lowest with a value-added score of 98.7.

London schools were judged to have fared better on average than the rest of the country, scoring 82 per cent for pupils achieving level four or above in English and Maths compared to the remainder of the country’s 79.5 percent.

Figures have shown that over a thousand primaries are considered to be failing, with 10,000 students not passing basic English and Maths.

Under changes passed by the coalition government, schools now require 60 percent of pupils to achieve a level four in English and Maths to escape the ‘underperforming’ category, with the previous government setting the target at 55 percent.

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