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Primary schools top national average for first time

The proportion of children in Waltham Forest who are successfully meeting national standards for reading, writing and maths has risen this year and is above the national average for the first time.

Figures published by the Department for Education (DfE) reveal that 81 per cent of the borough’s schools are now achieving level 4 or above in reading, writing and maths – a rise of 6 per cent compared to Waltham Forest’s 2013 results and 2 percentage points higher than the national average.

The results see Waltham Forest’s national rank move to 34 out of 152 – and establish the borough as the most improved local authority in London in terms of its jump in ranking.

Cllr Mark Rusling, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “This is a fantastic set of results and huge congratulations must go to our excellent primary schools, their dedicated teaching staff and of course the thousands of hard-working young pupils in Waltham Forest.

“On average, the borough’s schools have been improving at a faster rate year on year than across London and England. It is also important to note that the local gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils at the end of Key Stage 2 is narrower on average than across the capital and nationally.

“Seeing our primaries performing so well is great for local families as it gives them added confidence that their children are receiving the education they deserve. But the hard work isn’t over, because we want the improvements to continue so that our schools become even better.”

Borough pupils made more progress, across the three subjects, between 2010 and 2014 than in previous years. Maths results were particularly good – with Waltham Forest now ranked 12 out of 152 local authorities in England and nine out of 33 local authorities in London. 

Outcomes for local disadvantaged pupils are the highest ever with 75% achieving level 4 or above in reading, writing and maths. This equals the London average for disadvantaged pupils, the 2013 Waltham Forest average for all pupils and is 8% higher than the average for disadvantaged pupils nationally.

A full breakdown of Waltham Forest’s results can be seen on the DfE’s website.

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