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Lambeth Schools’ GCSE results among the very best in Capital

GCSE results in Lambeth have soared by a staggering ten per cent from last year and are among the very best schools in the capital for improvement, official figures reveal.

The percentage of pupils with five or more A* to C grades has rocketed from 62.3 per cent in 2008 to 72.5 per cent in 2009 – an impressive four per cent higher than the national average.

Pupils’ achievement at GCSE level has now risen in Lambeth for the past eleven consecutive years. The league table paints a comforting picture for families in Lambeth. Of the ten most improved local authorities for GCSE performance from 1998 to 2009, Lambeth closely trailed only Kensington and Chelsea – with 36.6 per cent points since 1998, and Hackney – with 35.3 percentage points, with Lambeth at 33.8 per cent.

Lambeth Schools continue to improve at a blistering rate. The improvement rate at Norwood is the highest in Lambeth at 46 per cent. They are followed by Lilian Baylis School at 17 per cent, and La Retraite, Bishop Thomas Grant and Stockwell Park, all at 12 per cent.

The final results from the summer of 2009 which were ratified this week by the Department for Children Schools and Families also show Lambeth’s secondary schools have improved by six per cent from the previous year in the new DCSF indicator of 5+ A* – C (five or more A* to C grades) including English and Maths.

Councillor Paul McGlone, Lambeth Council Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Service, said: “These results demonstrate the hard work and commitment of students, parents and teachers in Lambeth. We are at the top of the tree in London as being one of the most improved boroughs over the past decade – and above the national average by a staggering four cent. This reflects the hard work and dedication of teachers and children and the continued support of parents.”

The final results also show:

  • La Retraite achieved the highest 5+ A*-C grades with 94per cent, followed by Norwood 89 per cent, Bishop Thomas Grant 88 per cent, St Martin-in-the-Fields 84 per cent, and London Nautical and Dunraven 78 per cent, Stockwell Park 73 per cent, Archbishop Tenison’s 67 per cent, Lilian Baylis 66 per cent, Charles Edward Brooke 58 per cent, and Lambeth Academy 50 per cent.
  • La Retraite achieved the highest 5+A*-C grades (including English and Maths) with 78 per cent, followed by Stockwell Park 68 per cent, St Martin-in-the-Fields 67 per cent, Dunraven 61 per cent and Bishop Thomas Grant 59 per cent, Archbishop Tenison’s 57 per cent, Charles Edward Brooke 48 per cent, London Nautical 44 per cent, Lilian Baylis 44 per cent, Norwood 38 per cent and Lambeth Academy 35 per cent.

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