Greenwich schools face closure

The National Challenge launched by the Labour government has left at least four Greenwich secondary schools facing closure if their exam results don’t improve.

The National Challenge requires every secondary school in England to have at least 30% of their students achieving 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Maths. In Greenwich, based on their performance in 2007, this means Woolwich Polytechnic, Kidbrooke School and Eltham Green could be closed if they do not improve (with the soon to close Abbey Wood school also on the list). In addition, Blackheath Blucoats (31%), Crown Woods (32%) and Plumstead Manor (32%) were perilously close to failing according to the Government’s measure.

Leader of the Conservative Group, Cllr Spencer Drury said “While Labour in Greenwich locally shy away from their failure to educate our children, the national government is quite clear that removing schools from LEA control is the way forward.”

“This Labour Councillors have blamed parents, teachers and opposition Councillors rather than admit their own failings – a change of approach is badly needed if we are to improve from among the worst in the country at GCSE.”