GCSE league tables: Forest Gate Community School named sixth best in the country

Forest Gate Community School

Forest Gate Community School - Credit: Archant

Forest Gate Community School is the sixth best performing school in the country, new figures have shown.

The Department for Education revealed that pupils taking their GCSEs at the Forest Lane school last year achieved a ‘well above average’ progress 8 score of 1.3 - the sixth highest nationally.

The measure, introduced in 2016, shows how much progress pupils at a school made in eight subjects between the end of Key Stage 2 and the end of Key Stage 4, compared to their counterparts who got similar results at the end of Key Stage 2.

Progress 8 scores are centred around 0, with most schools within the range of -1 to +1. The data shows how many schools have missed the government’s floor standard of -0.5.

Executive Headteacher Simon Elliott said: “This is truly a momentous day in the rich recent history at Forest Gate Community School. To be ranked the number six school in the country is truly an incredible achievement.

“This success a testament to the talent, support and dedication of my staff, governing team, students and the wonderful rich and diverse community we serve.

“The hard work begins now to replicate this success year-on-year. It is a challenge we accept with relish.”

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The school also fared highly in other measures. It had the third highest attainment 8 score - how well pupils achieved in eight key subjects - behind the independent Quwwat-ul-Islam Girls’ School and Azhar Academy Girls School, both of which had a much smaller cohort.

The three schools also recorded highest proportion of grade 5 scores in English and maths - Azhar Academy with 78 per cent, Forest Gate with 65pc and Quwwat-ul-Islam with 64pc.

Other high-performing schools include Brampton Manor Academy, Plashet School, Sarah Bonnell School, School 21, Langdon Academy and Chobham Academy, which recorded ‘well above average’ progress scores.

Brampton Manor Academy saw 51pc of its pupils achieve the EBacc, which consists of a grade 5 or C or above in English, maths, science, a language and either geography or history, and joined Azhar Academy, which saw 62pc of pupils achieve it, as the only schools to have more than half its pupils make the grade for the measure.

School standards minister Nick Gibb said: Academic standards are rising in our schools thanks to our reforms and the hard work of teachers, with 1.9million more children in good or outstanding schools than in 2010.”

Overall performance at end of Key Stage 4 in 2017 (Progress 8):

‘Well above average’

Forest Gate Community School: 1.3

Brampton Manor Academy: 1.18

Plashet School: 0.87

Sarah Bonnell School: 0.74

School 21: 0.64

Langdon Academy: 0.62

Chobham Academy: 0.55

‘Above average’

Lister Community School: 0.49

Rokeby School: 0.46

Kingsford Community School: 0.4

Eastlea Community School: 0.3

Little Ilford School: 0.22


St Bonaventure’s Roman Catholic School: 0.1

St Angela’s Ursuline School: 0.08

Stratford School Academy: 0.04

‘Well below average’

Royal Docks Academy: -0.53

The Cumberland School: -0.66

Eleanor Smith School: -3.02

No data is available for independent schools or schools which did not have pupils sit GCSEs this year.