School league tables: Havering’s primary Schools continue to outperform secondary schools

Last year's annual Ofsted report revealed that Havering's secondary schools were the second worst pe

Last year's annual Ofsted report revealed that Havering's secondary schools were the second worst performing in London. Picture: David Davies/ PA Images - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

England’s school league tables reveal that Havering’s primary schools continue to do well while many of the borough’s secondary schools are underperforming.

The school league tables feature the results of the first pupils to sit new GCSEs in English and Maths.

Pupils are evaluated for how well they can progress in their school from last year’s GCSE results and data from the Department of Education.

Schools are also judged by two new measures, Progress 8 and Attainment 8, which shows how the schools that have missed the government’s floor standard of -0.5 in Progress 8 in last summer’s GCSEs.

Havering’s Progress 8 score has improved from -0.14 in 2016 to -0.04 in 2017, and this sees Havering move from being ranked 114th nationally to 72nd.

However schools such as Gaynes School on Brackendale Gardens, Upminster had a -0.73 Progress 8 score and the Brittons Academy in Rainham, had a -0.62 Progress 8 score, which are both well below the average.

A Havering Council spokesman said: “It is encouraging that Havering’s Attainment 8 score is well above the national average, as is the percentage of pupils who achieved grade five or above in the 2017 reformed English and Maths GCSEs.

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“Havering Council has worked closely with the local schools and Regional Schools Commissioner to introduce a Secondary Improvement Board in 2017, which has focused targeted interventions on those schools in most need.

“Hall Mead recently formed a Multi Academy Trust enabling them to support Brittons School and Bower Park Academy, and the Council is working closely with Gaynes School and the Regional Schools Commissioner on the schools improvement pathway.”

Compared to the national average, 72pc of pupils in Havering primary schools are meeting the expected standard and 11pc of pupils are achieving academically at a higher standard.

Regarding primary schools in the borough, the Council spokesman added: “We are very pleased that Havering’s primary schools continue to perform so well, and are meeting, and in some cases exceeding, the expected standard.

“We take pride in having 91pc outstanding or good primary schools in the borough, and our children’s education continues to be a key priority for the Council.”