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Top marks for school progress

The borough’s schools are measuring up well according to the latest government Progress 8 statistics, which calculates the improvements in children’s education.

With this year’s GCSE exams coming to an end, pupils can put down their pens and enjoy the break before results are released later this summer.

Teachers, too, can take the chance to reflect upon their hard work and achievements this academic year, as they strive to maintain the same level of success that the borough’s schools have basked in this year.

Not only do Ealing schools achieve well above the national on all academic measures, Ealing has been crowned the best performing local authority in the country in 2022 for progress that pupils made between the end of primary school and end of secondary school (KS2 to GCSE). This is known as the progress 8 score and is measured across 8 GCSE subjects.

Ealing’s score is 0.53, This means Ealing pupils, on average, made half a grade’s more progress than their peers nationally between Year 6 and Year 11, according to the government’s latest league tables.

Three of Ealing’s 15 state-funded schools were in the top 1% for progress 8 nationally. There were six in the top 5%, eight in the top 10% and 10 in the top 25%.

The provisional data was published by the Department for Education in October 2022 and finalised in February 2023. The statistics are based on summer 2022 exams.

The borough also came top of the class for the progress 8 score in 2019, the last time these results were published.

‘A fantastic achievement’

Ealing Council’s cabinet member for a fairer start, Councillor Kamaljit Nagpal, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and testament to both staff and students. The council is fully committed to supporting and improving our schools in Ealing, and to working with our school leaders to really tackle the things that matter. We want to make sure that no child or school is left behind, and every pupil in Ealing is supported to reach their potential.

“Now that exam season is coming to a close for another year, I would like to wish all the borough’s pupils and teaching staff an enjoyable and restful summer. I know that everyone will have done their best and I hope this is reflected yet again in next year’s progress scores.”

Ealing Learning Partnership

Ealing Council supports local schools and educational institutions through the Ealing Learning Partnership, a collaboration which promotes educational excellence, inclusion and wellbeing for all learners. Partnerships like this between the council and other important local organisations are important, and enable headteachers and senior leaders to better represent Ealing’s children and young people.

Chair of the partnership and headteacher at Hambrough Primary School in Southall, Louise Singleton, added: “Collaborative work across all schools is always going to be the best way because it’s shared experience, shared expertise and shared professionalism solving contextual based challenges together.”

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