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Mixed results for Bromley in Ofsted Annual Report

PUBLISHED: 13:51 02 December 2015 | UPDATED: 13:54 02 December 2015

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School children raising hands in class

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The report showed that 100 per cent of pupils in the borough attend a 'good' or 'outstanding' secondary school, but the primary school picture looks bleaker

The release of Ofsted’s Annual Report for 2014/15 has provided mixed news for Bromley.

The report gives a state of the nation picture of the performance of schools, colleges and further education and skills providers in England.

Generally, there were positives with regards to the borough’s secondary schools but reviews of primary schools in the area were less favourable.

Statistics showed that 100 per cent of pupils in Bromley attend a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ secondary school, up seven percentage points from the previous year, while the borough also features in the top 10 performers for GCSE results nationally.

The two schools in Bromley that received an ‘outstanding’ rating were Langley Park School for Boys and Glebe School.

However, figures also demonstrated that Bromley featured in the bottom 20 per cent nationally for the proportion of pupils attending ‘good’ or ‘outstanding,’ schools, with Havering and Barking and Dagenham being the only London borough’s with a lower proportion than Bromley’s 77 per cent.

Mike Sheridan, Ofsted’s regional director for London said: “Bromley is a bit of a mixed bag.

“We know there are some amazing schools in the area that consistently do very well, and then a clump of mediocre primary schools that are not doing what they need to do.

“There is a corporate responsibility for young people and nobody should be allowed to falter.

“We need to make sure these schools are open to the idea of improvement through other people’s eyes because there are plenty that they can learn from and with.

“When you get to the age of 11, it’s very tough to overcome any deficit, so the quality of education at that stage is so important.

“The secondary school picture, though, is very bright, and the teachers clearly do incredible work there.

“Our ambition is for every child to have a good education and that’s happening at this level in Bromley.”

Angela Wilkins, leader of the Labour group at Bromley council, added: “I’m absolutely delighted to see Bromley do well at secondary level, and it’s a tribute to staff, children and parents.

“But I am alarmed by the primary figures and as a consequence question whether the move towards becoming academies is the right one for primary schools.”

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