Over the last few years, Labour’s Greenwich Council has trumpeted great strides forward in terms of education in our schools based on rapidly increasing GCSE results. However the latest measure published by the new Conservative Minister for Education Michael Gove suggests that this increase is an illusion and educational standards remain very much unchanged.
On Thursday the Government published the GCSE results data for all London Boroughs, highlighting that Greenwich has come 30th out of the 32 boroughs. On the Government's key measurement of 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths, less than half of Greenwich's 16 years olds acheived it, against a London score of 57% and close to the bottom of the 142 education authorities nationwide.
At the last full Council meeting in July, Conservative Councillors asked for Greenwich Time (the Council’s weekly newspaper) to be scrapped. Their request was rejected out of hand by the Labour Councillors who argued that the paper was a vital way of letting people know what was going on in the borough and was not in any way propaganda as the Conservative’s claimed.
It was a real privilege to attend Crown Woods School's Year 11 Leavers ceremony on Friday, hundreds of pupils, parents, teachers and governor attended the event to celebrate the end of GCSE exams and the achievements of all the pupils and staff.