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Tower Hamlets' top schools praised by cabinet minister David Laws

PUBLISHED: 17:19 06 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:19 06 February 2013

David Laws - Minister of State for Schools and the Cabinet Office

David Laws - Minister of State for Schools and the Cabinet Office

Department for Education

Head teachers at Tower Hamlets' top performing schools have received letters from cabinet minister David Laws in recognition of their achievements.

The schools minister wrote to Mulberry School for Girls, Bethnal Green Technology College, Sir John Cass Foundation and Redcoat Church of England School, and St Paul’s Way Trust School after Department for Education figures revealed them as the borough’s highest performers at GCSE level.

“I would like to congratulate your staff, governors and pupils for their hard work and success and thank you for your leadership in continuing the drive towards high standards of educational achievement”, he wrote.

Figures released by the Department for Education last month show that in 2012 61.8 per cent of those entered to sit GCSEs in Tower Hamlets achieved five A*-C grades - compared to 59.4 per cent of pupils nationally.

Mr Laws added that he was “pleased to see the appalling attainment gap between the poorest pupils and their peers narrowing”.

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