An Enfield primary school has been awarded for its exceptional performance by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, as part of his Schools for Success programme.
Lavender Primary School was honoured for its commitment to reducing educational inequality and attaining exceptional results for children previously struggling academically. The school has made excellent progress with pupils who started behind their peers, helping all children to have a bright future.
Around 71% of pupils at Lavender achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and maths in the 2018/19 school year, compared to a national average of 65%. Pupils made above average progress in reading at the school.
Jodie Corbett, Headteacher at Lavender, says: “We are passionate about ensuring that each and every one of our pupils reaches their potential. We’ve put a number of measures in place to achieve this, for example by providing quality first teaching, one to one and small group tuition, and mental and emotional support.
“This award is testament to the hard work of all the staff at Lavender who strive to make our school a warm and welcoming place of learning where children develop a love of reading and become independent, happy learners.”
Created in 2017, the Schools for Success programme was formed to enhance the support given to children from disadvantaged backgrounds. It acknowledges primary and secondary schools that prioritise progress for their lowest attaining pupils, are excelling in their performance overall and sharing their work with other schools through a series of webinars made available to all London schools. Approximately six per cent of London schools are eligible to be members of the programme
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, says: “I’d like to congratulate the staff of Lavender Primary School for their exceptional work. We created Schools for Success to recognise the positive impact that teachers, headteachers, teaching assistants, support staff and governors are making every day to support students and reduce inequalities, and this school’s commitment to being supportive and inclusive sets a great example.
“Covid-19 has presented unforeseen challenges across our city but Lavender has done a fantastic job in maintaining excellence during a very difficult time. Working together we can make sure that no young Londoner is left behind.”