Croydon primary school performance among worst in London

GENE BRODIE, our education correspondent, has been crunching some numbers ahead of the new term. It doesn’t make encouraging reading

school genericIf you are short of things to do in the New Year, there might be nothing more interesting to do than play a quick round of: How are Croydon primary schools doing?

The Department for Education has quietly popped online some very revealing figures.

And these figures ought to be very worrying as far as Croydon’s education department, heads and teaching staff are concerned, as they appear to show that our borough’s primary schools are among the worst performing in London.

The DfE’s data can be seen here:

Based on that, I’ve produced this abbreviated table, which shows Croydon’s primary schools’ performance in comparison with the national averages, with other London boroughs and with other local authorities in England.

Primary schools performance tables 2014

Looked at historically, the worst performing educational areas in England and Wales have been the likes of Liverpool, Hull and Bristol.

According to these latest DfE figures, Croydon’s educational performance is nearer to very depressed areas than to our geographically closest neighbours such as Sutton and Bromley, and worse than inner London boroughs such as Lewisham or Lambeth.

What can be going on?

A breakdown of the performance of individual Croydon schools can be found here:

Overview of ks2 education results

Those highlighted in yellow are at or above average national performance.

Both Wattenden, in Coulsdon, recently “academised” as New Valley, and Fairchildes, in New Addington, are schools which are out-performing all other primaries in Croydon. How are they managing to do this?

If they can achieve these results then why are the rest of the borough’s primary schools not able to come somewhere close?

Previously from Gene Brodie:

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