Top marks for Tower Hamlets schools

A spate of top marks for Tower Hamlets schools means that 82 per cent of the borough’s children are now attending a primary school rated “good” or “outstanding” by education watchdog Ofsted.

Tower Hamlets teachers and council chiefs were already celebrating after Ofsted’s annual report, published in November last year, showed 73 per cent of youngsters in the borough enjoyed being educated by “good” or “outstanding” nursery or primary schools – compared to the national average of 68 per cent.

Now, following a new batch of inspections carried out after the annual report was compiled, the figures have jumped again.

Ben Johnson Primary School, in Harford Street, Stepney, was upgraded from a “satisfactory” rating in its previous inspection in summer 2011 to a “good” rating in December 2012.

And Holy Family Catholic School, in Wades Place, Poplar, also improved enough to a attain a “good” rating, as did Mowlem Primary, in Mowlem Street, Bethnal Green, and Christ Church Primary, in Brick Lane in Spitalfields.

Cllr Oliur Rahman, cabinet member for children, schools and families, said: “Our schools are providing an excellent level of education for our children and young people.

“We know that a good education can provide the foundations for a successful career and excellent career opportunities. That is why we are committed to making education an on-going priority in Tower Hamlets.”