Sixth form ‘in UK’s top five’

Fri 1 March 2019, 2:16 pm

A Barking and Dagenham sixth form has been rated the fifth-best comprehensive for progress in the country, according to the government’s latest performance tables, which came out in February 2019.

The figures show that the Eastbury Community School sixth form is not only the second best in London, but its progress scores are higher than those of many independent schools in the country.

David Dickson, executive head of the school, said: “Many of our students are now progressing to the most competitive universities, apprenticeships and careers in the country.

“Huge congratulations and thanks go to all the staff, our hardworking students, supportive parents, governors and the local council.”

Last year, Ofsted awarded the school’s sixth form provision ‘good’, with inspectors extremely impressed with the highly effective leadership, the students’ determination to succeed and their high aspirations for the future.

Head of sixth form, Simon Conway, was delighted with the recognition: “We are extremely proud to have been recognised as one of the highest performing sixth forms in the country.

"This evidence demonstrates that we are offering our students the very best post-16 education that they can get in the country.”

Eastbury’s results come at a time when nine out of 10 schools in Barking and Dagenham are rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

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