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Glowing end of year report for Greenwich schools

Nine schools feature in the Sunday Times prestigious ‘Top 500 State Primary Schools’

Primary schools in the Royal Borough of Greenwich are among the best in the country according to the Sunday Times ‘Top 500 State Primary Schools’.

The influential list names nine Royal Greenwich schools as high achievers and puts it third out of the 32 London boroughs in terms of the number of schools that make it into the list.

The news is a glowing tribute to the dedication and hard work of the borough’s primary school teachers, supported by parents, governors and council education staff.

Top achiever in the local schools list published last week is St Peter’s RC Primary in Crescent Road, Woolwich, which came 79th out of 17,000 schools in the country. Other local schools in the top 500 are:

The Sunday Times used Key Stage 2 results from 2013 to draw up its top 500 list. In the Royal Borough, these results have improved year-on-year, putting Greenwich primary schools in the top performing 25 per cent of local authorities in England.

Most of them are judged ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by schools’ watchdog Ofsted. With 86 per cent of the borough’s 11-year- olds achieving the expected standard in reading, writing and maths, compared with the national average of 79 per cent, Greenwich is the fourth best in the country.

Mary O’Regan, Headteacher at St Peter’s, said: “This was the culmination of the best efforts of the whole school community, including parents, pupils and staff.”

Sarah Heywood, Chair of Governors at St Peter’s, added: “Staff have worked incredibly hard to raise standards so we are almost ahead of the game, with staff anticipating the needs of every child.”

Cllr John Fahy, the Deputy Leader of the Royal Borough and Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “I am delighted that the work in our primary schools is recognised nationally. It is a great tribute to all the teaching staff and governors, as well as parents.

“The secret of our success is down to our very high of aspirations for Greenwich children. Greenwich schools work together to share best practice across our whole community. Greenwich schools help make Greenwich a great place to grow up.”

Parents who wish to apply for a place in a Royal Borough of Greenwich primary school for next September must do so by 15 January 2015, if their child was born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011. For online applications visit www.eadmissions.org.uk

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