Secondary schools making the grade in Newham

Exam success rates revealed

ALL but one of Newham’s secondary schools hit targets for exam passes last year, new figures show.

Across the borough’s 18 secondary schools, 52 per cent of pupils achieved the required five GCSE passes at grades A* to C, including maths and English.

The figures were revealed in performance tables published by the Department for Education last week, and show Newham lagging slightly behind the national average, which is 53.4 per cent.

The government wants at least 35 per cent of pupils to achieve five GCSE passes at grades A* to C, including maths and English.

That figure was increased from the previous 30 per cent by the Coalition Government last year.

Among the top performers were St Angela’s and St Bonaventure’s in Forest Gate, where 84 and 73 per cent of students respectively got the required grades.

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At the independent Azhar Academy, also in Forest Gate, the figure was 73 per cent.

Some 67 per cent of pupils at Rokeby School in Canning Town picked up the five passes, while at Plashet School in East Ham the figure was 61 per cent.

According to the government tables, the worst performing school - and the only one to miss the 35 per cent target - was Eastlea Community School in Canning Town, where just 29 per cent got the required grades.

Schools that consistently miss the target face being taken over or turned into academies.