Soho schools are hoping for greater success this year

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By poppy_smith | Sunday, September 09, 2012, 09:35

Westminster Council is focusing on even greater success in its schools over the coming academic year as children return to their classes this week.

The fresh focus follows promising improvements in last year's school attainment, with pupils achieving a four per cent increase in good A-level grades despite a tougher marking system being introduced across the country. The provisional results for primary schools in Westminster have also improved, with the percentage of pupils achieving Level 4+ in both English and maths at Key Stage 2 rising to 82 per cent, up from 78 per cent in 2011.

Several of Westminster's secondary schools still have concerns about their GCSE English results, and the council is supporting these schools as they arrange for re-marks. Despite this uncertainty, Westminster is hopeful its secondary schools are still on track to achieve an improvement in last year's percentage of pupils getting at least five A*-C grades, inching closer to the council's target of 75 per cent.

Cabinet member for children, young people and community protection, Cllr Nickie Aiken, said:

"Over the past eight years we have taken Westminster on a journey of steady improvement, transforming many of our schools from mediocre standards to some of the best in the country.

"Westminster schools are currently ranked top in the UK in terms of pupil progress – or in other words closing the attainment gap between the poorest and most privileged pupils – and we are continuing to improve attainment and standards across our primary and secondary schools.

"This is down to a lot of hard work by our teachers and pupils, as well as the council working closely with schools to pursue ambitious targets, invest in specialist teaching and empower a new 'breed' of inspirational head teachers who truly lead their schools to even greater success.

"I congratulate pupils and their teachers on their impressive progress so far, and look forward to the next chapter in Westminster's road to school improvement."

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