David Cameron praises Walworth Academy
Monday 12 September 2011
David Cameron acknowledged the best ever results for Walworth Academy during a speech on Friday 9th September on education. Here is an extract from his speech highlighting the excellence of Walworth Academy as an example to other secondary schools:
“Our plans mean by the end of next year, we will have transformed around 150 failing secondaries and 200 failing primaries into Academies. And today, we’re considering whether we need to go further and faster. Because it’s not just failing schools we need to tackle. It’s coasting schools, too – the ones whose results have either flat-lined, or where they haven’t improved as much as they could have. Just take this one fact.
Take two schools – Burlington Danes Academy and Walworth Academy. They are both in relatively deprived parts of inner London with high proportions of pupils on free school meals. But you know what? Last year, 70 per cent of Walworth pupils and 75 per cent of Burlington Danes pupils got 5 or more good GCSEs including English and Maths.
Compare that with Surrey and Oxfordshire – the counties that Michael and I represent. Only 16 state secondary schools in these two relatively affluent counties did better than those two inner city schools. Put another way, more than 4 out of 5 state schools in Surrey and Oxfordshire are doing worse than 2 state schools in relatively deprived parts of inner London. That must be a wake-up call.”