Education standards in Hounslow achieving good grades

Education services and schools Hounslow are getting better and better, according to Ofsted.

Published: Wednesday, 29th March 2017

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Education services and schools Hounslow are getting better and better, according to Ofsted. 

Government inspectors have judged 96 per cent of all Hounslow schools as good or outstanding, up from 74 per cent in May 2014.  Of the borough’s special schools inspected, they were found to be good or better, up from 80 per cent in May 2014. 

For Primary schools in Hounslow, performance levels at Key Stage 1 were better than London and national for the percentage of children achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics. With Key Stage 2 performance levels also reaching the expected standards. 

There was also good news in the private, voluntary and independent childcare settings, as Ofsted have inspected and currently judged them all as good or outstanding. Educational standards also continue to rise. 
Under the government’s new assessment framework at Key Stage 1 and 2 this year, Hounslow performed better than the national average for the percentage of children achieving the expected standards in reading, writing and mathematics, placing the borough in the top 10 per cent of local authorities.

At GCSE, Progress 8 performance has placed the Council in the top 10 out of 151 local authorities. This means that students in Hounslow have made more progress in 8 GCSE subjects than those pupils with similar prior attainments from Key Stage 2 across all schools in England.

Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, Hounslow Council, said: “I am delighted to have been able to announce the fantastic achievement of our schools, and the wonderful work they are doing with children and young people in Hounslow. 

“The outcome of recent Ofsted reports in the borough is something everyone should be proud of. A big thank you to all our schools, teachers, parents and guardians, governors and pupils.

“Learning in a safe and happy environment is critical to all our children reaching their potential and achieving their academic and vocational goals. 

"Despite the mounting pressure on schools budgets, and central government’s reluctance to fully address this, we have made it our absolute priority in Hounslow to invest in education for our local children so they have the best start in life. 

“These Ofsted reports and assessments of pupils’ development show that our schools are helping to provide brighter futures for our children and give them the best of opportunities.”

The performance of some of the borough’s schools in GCSE Progress 8, has placed them among the top 200 schools in England, out of 3092 secondary schools nationally. 

These include St Mark’s Catholic School, The Heathland School, Gunnersbury Catholic School, Lampton Academy and the Green School.

Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford and Isleworth, said: “"I would like to congratulate everyone who has contributed to the success of our great Hounslow schools, including teachers, support staff, students and their families.  

“These achievements do not come easily, and government funding cuts means retaining these standards is at risk.”

Seema Malhotra, MP for Feltham and Heston said: “This is a great tribute to the work of Hounslow Council and our fantastic teachers and school staff across the borough. 

“Every day they show an outstanding commitment to working with each other and with parents to deliver the very best education for our pupils.  As someone who attended local schools I am incredibly proud of Hounslow’s national success despite the challenges we know our education sector is facing. 

“Most of all, I congratulate our young people on their hard work and achievements.”

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